Missouri JAILer Writes
To Mayor Swaboda
Of Kirkwood Regarding Land Grab
(The messages to Mayor Swaboda have
been flooding in to him from all quarters, including from out of the country,
and we thank all of you who have written to date. Keep up the flow. The below is
of particular interest, as you will see.)
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Thursday, August 09, 2001 8:21 PM
Subject: Customer #169, Invoice No. 515
Would you be so kind as to send a copy of the
ordinance that allows your city enforcement people to trespass on private
property without notice?
I have been and still am a city attorney, and have never advised my
council to take any steps like what has apparently happened in
subject case without formal written notice and a date for
cannot imagine that what you are doing would stand up in
a court of law.
If you have no ordinance allowing the taking without due
could specifically be challenged in court), then I have to
either your enforcement officer Harris is acting without
should be subject to sanctions by you or your board, or she has
authority of your office or the board making you personally
should an action be filed.
To require an abatement without
notice, and then charge 5000% of what
the normal cutting would cost is
preposterous. I am not giving legal
advice here, but you might want to
check with your attorney AFTER you
remove the lien from the property.
Citizens of my community would have their aldermen on a short rope if they tried
that in our town.
Jeffrey A. Robertson