Tuesday, February 5. 2008
Back in 2006 we received an abatement notice ordering us to clear a substantial amount of our property. This was at the end of two years of very difficult work by Janet to make our property comply with the law. It was issued by an "inspector" who was employed by a company called Fire Protection Services which contracts to fire departments to make these inspections, issue the notices, and then gets to do the clearing, if the orders in the notice are not complied with - pocketing the "administrative charges" themselves, and charging the landowner three times the going rate for brush clearing. That is a blatant conflict of interest. We fought it and eventually found that the "inspector" had issued an order against us for infractions which weren't even on our property. The notice was cancelled and that was that.
On Friday we got another abatement notice in the mail. (I predicted this in my December 20th entry.) This time it appears to be on fire department letterhead. We will be investigating to see if the inspector is a real fire department employee or if FPS is trying to hide their conflict of interest better.
We will also be checking to make sure that we are in compliance with the law, as we think we are. After the recent fires everyone wants to impress their boss and the public by running around pretending to do something. We do not wish to be the victims of such a scam.
Stay tuned because it looks like things will be getting interesting again.
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