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I am husband and father in a family of four, wife Verna, son Thomas, and daughter Jennifer. We've lived in Springfield's 137th District for over ten years at 800 W Calhoun St, and love the Grant Beach area. I was born to a military family, my mother and father met at Ft Leonard Wood. I was born in Ft Hood Texas, and travelled throughout my childhood, with most of my time spent in any one place in the Rolla Mo area. When I completed my own four year hitch with the US Navy, I settled here in Missouri, living in Mt Vernon. I moved into Springfield in 1994 to attend (then) SMSU and stayed, finding our permanent home in the Grant Beach Park area.

Friday, April 21, 2006

Heart of the Westside Residents Deserve Better

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Heart of the Westside Neighborhood Association residents are up in arms at the lack of enforcement action by the city and feel ignored by the local media. At issue is the use of the Christian Foundation, 2112 W. Division as an illegal homeless shelter. From their minutes dated March 16, 2006:

Price Brown, president of the Foundation was notified by letter dated Dec.28, 2005, that the city denied the request for a permit for an emergency shelter in the building; the letter stated the illegal use should cease immediately. The Christian Foundation filed an appeal and continued to house homeless men in the building. The appeal hearing was held Mar. 7, and the board denied the appeal. The city then gave the foundation 30 days to remove the men from the building or appeal their decision in Greene County Circuit Court.

The foundation has not appealled in ciruit court. The neighborhood group is disappointed that the deadline passed without enforcement by the city. The residents are now considering other options, such as suing the City.

An interview with a close neighbor of the Foundation reveals the use of 2 other buildings adjacent to the Foundations thrift store for illegal homeless shelter and “yard sale” style marketing of donated items. This homeowner observed what amounted to an outdoor market of used articles that went on for months on end. Additionally, a semi truck trailer can be seen parked on residential use property.

Residents deserve better from the City and the Foundation. Both entities should respect their neighbors: The Foundation needs to become a better neighbor and refrain from activities that blight the neighborhood, like ongoing “yard sale” style marketing, and illegal property uses. The City needs to follow through on enforcement immediately—these citizens acted in good faith that the City would, and are sorely disappointed at the foot dragging of city enforcement officials. It’s now two weeks past the 30 days given to the Foundation to comply. Let’s not make it two months----or years.


Blogger Frederick said...

ahhh, come back, you just missed todays post...

8:19 AM  
Blogger LocoFocoRampant said...

Authors note: this comment found on the Flickr site where the photo is posted, to see more photos simply click one.

babytaz1957 says:
I happy to see that someone that is running for office is not afraid to speak up when they see the city is not serving the public best interest! I want to thank you for coming to our meeting and welcome you to particpate in any of our future events. Hopefully by others bringing attention to this situation with the Christian Foundation at 2112 W Division the city will do what is right and close down this illegal homeless shelter

7:23 AM  

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