Maintaining property in Beardstown
At 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 2, I was terminated from my job as Code Enforcement Officer for the City of Beardstown. The reason given by the mayor was the way I talked to a council member at an Ordinance Committee meeting last Tuesday. This particular council member has contacted me on numerous occasions to discuss ordinance violations in Beardstown. I brought it to her attention during the meeting that she had a violation in her own back yard (an unlicensed vehicle). The resulting discussion didn’t go well.
I also mentioned to the council members during that meeting that I would like permission to inspect their properties. Another council member responded that if I inspected her property, she would hire a lawyer. What I took away from that meeting was that some council members apparently think the ordinances that they voted for don’t apply to them. Not the best examples to show to the citizens of Beardstown who elected them.
During my employment I have had several occasions where I have been called to the mayor’s office to discuss notices I’ve issued. The mayor has said repeatedly he wants to see Beardstown cleaned up, yet has forbid me on numerous occasions to deal with certain property owners, the latest being an empty house on East Fifth Street that has a broken front window, a hole in the roof, and the foundation is caving in. I had a summons ready to file on this property owner for July’s court date. The mayor told me to leave it alone, as the property owner told him the house is going to be torn down. I was told the same thing last Fall by the property owner. The house is still standing and no repairs have been made. In fact, it continues to deteriorate. Again, not a good example to show the citizens who elected him.