Light-up McIntosh December 15
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09.21.06 -- REPORT: Clearing codes, battling bias, Part 3 - Great wall of McIntosh
Friday, September 22, 2006
Great Wall of McIntosh
The Smith-Henderson’s, the couple who built the wall on U.S. 441, did not show up for their hearing Wednesday but sent their attorney, Mutch, instead. The board members initially balked at this move. Glass said he was going to excuse himself because he felt the property owners should be present at the hearing. By CHER PHILLIPS
By CHER PHILLIPS
“I don’t desire to go forward when the property owners aren’t here,” Glass said. “I think it should be postponed or continued 30 days from now but not without the owners being here.”
Mutch said the Smith-Hendersons would not be back until December but that he was authorized to argue the case for them. Fellman said he didn’t see a problem with their absence and was ready to move forward.
“I think that when we’re dealing with property rights – the most sacred thing in this nation – that the owners should be present,” Glass said. He also questioned whether Mutch was authorized or not to represent the couple asking to see a signed contract employing Mutch to speak for him.
Fellman again said the proceeding would go forward without the property owners present.
“I won’t sit in on this without that,” Glass said. “I can’t in all good conscious sit in on this, I’ll excuse myself.”
But Glass soon changed his mind.
Mutch said he had intended to ask for a recusal from both Glass and Fellman because the Smith-Hendersons had made formal complaints against both men’s property for code violations.
When Glass heard this, he sat down.
“Well, I have to stay now,” Glass said.
“Then we can proceed with the hearing,” Fellman said.
At this point, the rest of the meeting consisted of a power struggle between Mutch and the two board members insisting that Fellman and Glass step down due to conflict of interest.
Mutch said the Smith-Hendersons did not feel that they could receive fair treatment after making complaints against the Fellmans and the Glasses.
“I didn’t even look at that until just now,” Fellman said. “Are we here to beat each other to death or we here to get your client a fair hearing? You seem to be goading us – continually…”
“Because you, sir, are sticking sticks in people’s eyes,” Fellman said. “If you would sit back comfortably and let us get on with this, I can assure that despite my personal feelings about you – whatever you believe they are, I can give you a fair hearing.”
“Since we do have home rule and since basically anything that two of us agree to is legal,” Glass said. “Whether it’s defensible or not is his issue at another court of law."
Glass said that Mutch had had "ample opportunity to get an issuing judge to review any decisions that we made.”
“On that alone," Glass said, "this psychobabble isn’t doing us much good and if you want to, I will make a motion that this be postponed to December the 25th.”
“I will not recuse myself based on this,” Fellman said after reading documents containing the motion.
Mutch countered Fellman's reasoning, explaining he thought the board members' bias was broader than the complaints.
“What I’m saying is that you have a problem, not so much with my clients but supposedly with me, and when that happens in court, there’s an assignment of other judges,” Mutch said.
"My clients told me because of the manner in which you and Mr. Glass have worked in the past, in your attempts to do whatever within the city," Mutch said. "You can not without prejudice hear their case tonight.”
Mutch asked that they postpone the hearing until two other code enforcement members would be present to replace Fellman and Glass.
“I couldn’t wipe my butt with it, that’s why I did it,” Glass said.
Fellman allowed Mutch the time to cross-examine Glass. But the attorney had trouble getting a complete sentence out without Glass immediately replying “No, no, not at all, no” over his questions.
Finally, Mutch agreed to postpone the hearing to a date to be determined.
"I intend to stick on this as chairman,” Fellman said.
When the next case was called – the Oliver case – Glass and Fellman started to argue between themselves and Glass walked out, ending the meeting.Prolouge: This meeting sets the stage for next week's Sept. 27 meeting in which Pedro Molinas will come back before the board. Casey Girardin, owner of Sportsman's Cove, is also scheduled for that meeting. Girardin not only hired Mutch as her attorney, she filed code complaints - as the Smith-Henderson's have - against the Glasses and the Fellmans. To complicate matters, Girardin circulated recall petitions this summer against two former council members, as well as an open letter against the former code enforcement officer.
posted by Cher @ 9:52 PM,
- At September 23, 2006 9:06 AM , said...
I do not understand grown men behaving like babies. These people, the Henderson-Smiths, live out of town. They sent their attorney (at great expense, I'm sure) to handle their legal matter with the town. Does Bill Glass not respect that these people need to get on with the building of their wall? I do not understand why we can't let people live in this town! Aren't we tired of petty arguments, yet?
- At September 23, 2006 11:54 PM , said...
Bill Glass is a disgrace to our
town! I do not understand why he
is allowed to serve on any of the
towns boards! He is not only an
embarrassment to McIntosh and the
Code Enforcement Board, but also
for his behavior elsewhere.
- At September 24, 2006 8:59 AM , said...
Having someone with that level of anger being the final judge on property disputes in this community is frightening. I agree with him though.....prozac mght be helpful.
- At September 26, 2006 1:28 PM , said...
1. If the Smith-Henderson's have been out of town, how have they observed any code errors at either of the homes they filed against? Is the attorney up to no good?
2. Why wasnt BG (I dont even want to mention the name)immediatly removed from the room by the deputy that was there - the attorney was threatned with that for much less..
- At September 26, 2006 3:48 PM , said...
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- At September 26, 2006 4:55 PM , Cher said...
The [ALLEGED] code violations with the Fellmans and the Glass are in plane sight! I hate to talk bad against others but these couples are like a EDITED OUT that wont go away! It's also very sad that you have to bring an attorney just to attend any of these meetings.
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