I recently got a violation from the city's neighborhood services deptmnt.
neighborhood preservation division
I would like to look up the actual complaint filed to the city, and possibly by
whom. Anyone know how to find out
I know it sounds crazy, but I'd call the department that handles the
complaints. Everyone in this newsgroup has access to your city's records,
but we're really busy today so we might not be able to check for you. What
did you get written up for?
To what end? Are you planning on hunting the person down? Should we
provide an alibi for you when you whack the sucker?
If whatever you did or didn't do to your house is a violation of the
preservation code, were you aware of the regulations beforehand?
Besides, what difference does it make who complained?
Whenever I get a complaint, especially when unfounded, I tell my
neighbor that I will try to do better, then I provide all my contact
information so they can call me any time if there's something on their
Other than the lipservice, I do what I please! Just be polite and tell
them you're doing the best you can.
I got a noise complaint about my dogs. It was unfounded. I interviewed
11 houses surrounding me, taking statements, then providing my contact
information if there's any dog noises from MY yard. I made sure all
three dogs were licensed and well behaved.
The senile old complainants called code enforcement, I received the
proverbial three warnings about a dog that wasn't mine over the course
of 12 months. And, the final warning said, "We have advised your
neighbor that he can sue you if he's still displeased." At that point,
I let all my neighbors know that I'd leave him penniless if he took
such unfounded action against my dogs.
I was, and remain, very careful to keep the dogs inside when I was gone
and to watch constantly because my fear was poison over the fence.
Things settled down when my neighbor's daughter moved out of her
mother's house and took Sierra with her. At no time did Sierra's
barking ever bother me. I considered it a warning to would be
criminals, and felt safe when she was barking. Occasionally, Sierra
visits and the barking starts all over again. I am sure to reward her
with a pig ear. The only thing worse would be no Sierra. She has a rod
iron gate which allows her to see and bark at everything on the street.
Dogs are a deterrent. My neighbors should be pleased that I am willing
to go through the trouble of having, caring, and feeding the animals
that keep THEIR homes safe.
I read your post two different ways. You say that you are careful about
controlling the dogs and then you mention that the dog barks at
everything on the street.
Dogs are a deterrent but within reason. I don't want to be in "alert
mode" for hours on end each day as a dog barks at every car, squirrel
and falling leaf.
Yup. I think it's an example of unclear thinking.
1. I keep my dogs inside their barking doesn' bother any neighbors.
2. My dog barks at all intruders, even those near neighboring houses, thus they
are a deterrent.
Y'know, when I see this kind of thinking, I see a person trying to rationalize.
Right. And it should be a person's choice as to how they provide for that
security. Alarm systems are designed to be a lot more precise than a dog that
barks at whoever!
The dogs are inside when I'm gone so if there's noise, it's not from my
Second, they are out when I'm home. Yes, they do bark occasionally at
noises. But I know when and how much. I always go out when they do bark
to check and see what's going on, too.
It's very simple.
So, you claim that your dogs "keep the whole neighborhood safe", but they're
only outside to bark when you're home :-/
So who keeps the neighborhood safe when you're away? Do people owe you only
Do you have a clue what your neighbors actually think of all this?
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