We need help. We have a code officer who keeps trying to fine us for numerous things but will not go after anyone else because our town has instructed him to fine us only since he covers 1/2 the state & doesn't have time to investigate all problems. Here is the issue.- the state requires a 4-6 foot fence around all pools as well as other pool & code laws. We needed to put a new liner in since ours was sliced by someone but we ordered the wrong size (we needed an expandable & didn't know it). By the time we got the new one it was too late into winter to put it in so we were fined $500. Our neighbors (who are related to the police) right across the street put in a pool 2 years ago and still do not have a fence up & have not been fined. In addition, 10 other pools in the area have not been fined for no fences.
#2 We had to get rid of my father in laws jeep left to us when he died because the inspection expired & were fined for it. Neighbors have a small truck with inspection that expired Sep, 2011- sitting right by the road-as of end of Feb 2012 still no inspection and no fine. We wer told by the JP that if we didn't use a vehicle we 'had' to get rid of it even if it was properly inspected & registered?? but no one else does. he stated not to worry what anyone else is doing.
#We had equipment outside & bought a small portable shed to put it in but the code officer would not allow us to put it up no matter where we tried. We offered alternate sites on our property & none were acceptable to him, one was on a cement pad of the torn down garage we had previously to no avail. He tried to say the 'cement' wouldn't hold it. He then fined us for the equipment being out because we had nowehere to put it.
Our neighbor will not cut her grass & the town will do nothing about it. She says it is our property but they want to fine us. We had to pay twice to have it surveyed to prove it wasn't even ours & she still isn't getting fined. She always is trying to cause trouble because she told us she wanted her daughter to buy our house & move in instead of us.
No matter what we try to do- we are not allowed to do it and feel we are being 'sorted' out & harassed because we threatened to go to the state-since then a few years ago-they have increased their arguing with us. The town & council are doing all types of illegal things but many we cannot prove - such as have more than 1 family member on council to have 2 votes, had the same person on 3 issues (council pres, fire chief & code officer were all the same person), rigging things in town to be fixed, not putting in sidewalks where they were supposed to, council members have code violations not fined for years,hiring relatives & friends (the secretary/treasurer is the mayor's daughter), etc. We do have photos of all the other code violations but no one we call will do anything about it. The code officer even called the police on us & had 3 cruisers at our house to give us a fine for the grass around the equipment (yes like that one!!) We called the state & numerous agencies who stated they didn't know what we could do about all this or who to call. The one policeman who harasses us pulled someone over for a ticket & stole their deer meat & got out of that!
All the lawyers want a ton of money to take our case which we both had medical issues & lost our jobs.We are barely making ends meet & our daughter is very sick, getting booted out of the military (her only income) and we have been trying to help her pay her bills so she doesn't lose her car or apartment.
We have went all over town & taken photos of numerous code violations, over 15 businesses plus at least 10 residential areas- even our own council & town are violating ordinances but no one is getting fined or has to fix anything but us. No matter what we try to do- they will not allow us to do it or they try to fine us. We asked for a copy of the ordinances & they showed us them in court but would not give them to us. We have no money for a lawyer & cannot find anyone to take our case without a retainer. We have no free legal services here for these types of issues & even if they covered it the list is over 2 years long for child support & other cases they do take. We have tried to find pro bono lawyers and cannot..
Does anyone know of any agency (such as similar to the EEOC) who truly will do something about this- such as fine the town, put new people on council, etc? Are there any laws (even whistleblower on county government) we can cite they are violating by fining us & no one else? Are there any lawyers who like a good fight who won't require money down?
We even threatened to go to the news agency but we felt if we did we would have no chance of getting new jobs & be deemed 'troublemakers'.
We called one lawyer who said it would cost about $10,000 to fight them. He stated he believed we were being harassed but it always very hard to prove & many times you still don't win. He suggested we move but we can't afford to and we shouldn't be run out of town. We believe that if we had an attorney we could possibly do something