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Why Is Oakdale Open to the Public? NO Certificate of Occupancy (August 2010)

12 August 2010 at 11:51:52 AM

Yesterday I found out that not only are there no written inspection reports for Oakdale, but, because Oakdale has not met all the code requirements, it has not been granted a Certificate of Occupancy!

Why does this matter? For two main reasons.

1. Everyone else in the city has to make sure they follow code requirements or they can't *occupy* their building or land, that is, move in and start doing business. There's a very good example just from the other night with the new bank building that couldn't be opened until an issue resolving *lamp candle* brightness of their outside lights was decided upon. If others in the city are forbidden to open (or be occupied) until everything is up to spec (and apparently that is entirely arbitrary, based on upon the *visual* lookthrough of a place rather than a written checklist), then why does the city get to play outside the rules? That's not only, at best, a double standard, but at worst, a flagrant flouting of the law with the pretense that the City Does Not Have To Do What Others Do. Are we outlaws here?

2. For some reason that I can't fathom, there are some real, severe risk problems at Oakdale. Instead of spending money, for example, to fix the electric sockets at the rv spots that are there, City Council debates whether they should spend more money and get golf carts!  !!!!!! The reason given for not fixing the electricity is that there's no preservation architact yet. I am SURE that making sure people are not injured because of faulty electrical outlets is NOT going to interfere with what an architect would say about preserving the historical nature of Oakdale. But City Council plods along and IGNORES this very real problem. And allows people to be IN THE PARK where an accident could occur BEFORE giving the seal that Oakdale has PASSED INSPECTION.

Chris Bryant talked about these electrical outlets at the *retreat* open meeting on July 17 2010. As Cindy says, there's a list of all the outlets that have been checked. 

In my opinion, it's more than simply marking the outlets or putting caution tape around them. Bruce says they want to wait until the plan gets done. Martin-some of them (outlets) are pretty scary. Can we look at, before we have some kind of event.... some of them are just a plug and are all rusted up and bent up. Bruce-have to have an electrician come look. Martin-at least bag them if they're not working.

Here's a compilation I did of 3 different times about these outlets, including video of one of those faulty outlets. The first is from the 4b meeting in May 2010, the second from January 2010 when Oakdale Park was walked through, showing water dripping from the electrical RV hookups,  and the third from the July 2010 retreat open meeting.

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1 - humanbeing   12 Aug 2010 @ 9:20:41 PM 

It was made clear by the preservation person (I apologise, I can't recall her name at the moment) that the city had carte blanche to proceed to deal with safety issues, leaking roofs, etc., while they were making their decision on an architect. I thought this was what they were doing, besides redecorating the cabins with no design consultation whatsoever.

This is why city governments should have some trepidation about jumping into huge projects like Oakdale. Nothing has been appropriately planned. They're doing everything backward. Very discouraging and from the looks of this revelation, worse than that.

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2 - pharper   18 Aug 2010 @ 11:54:41 PM 

The thing I find funny is that it took salon to figure it out. Why didn't the City employees, the City Council, or the Mayor Pam Miller figure it out?

I smell a lawsuit just waiting to happen...it only takes one business (or person) in Glen Rose to file a lawsuit against the city for violating their own rules while disallowing another business like the bank to even do business unless they do.

On the political side, local business owners might decide to run against the council members for the double standard.

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3 - salon   19 Aug 2010 @ 9:34:56 AM 

I don't want to sound self-congratulary-anyone can find out how their government is operating and more people need to do that. What I think is that the city is turning a blind eye to the fact that they're not in compliance because they're trying 1. to get 'er done and 2. make *some* money out if it. I'm not unsympathetic to these issues, but again, there has to be ONE standard for everybody. Craig Dodson commented here recently that Johnny Martin said this during one of the meetings in the context of the historical architect/preservation discusssion. So they know.

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4 - humanbeing   19 Aug 2010 @ 10:10:21 PM 

The city is in over their heads. They need to get it together, now. A city administrator certainly could help them do this. But the mayor doesn't want one and for some reason, the council does what she wants, even to their detriment and ours.

Thank you, salon, for the work you are doing!

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