The problem with the owner of the lot across the street from us started a year and a half ago. He had just bought the lot, site unseen, and came up to take a look at it. He saw my roommates bus parked on the street next to his lot and immediately demanded that my roommate move the bus off of HIS property. My roommate informed him his property line starts from the telephone pole on the left side of his property and goes only 70 feet to the side street. Since he was not satisfied my roommate went into the house, pulled a copy of the plat to show him, walked off the 70 feet and showed him he was not on his property.
My roommate never saw the owner again until March 3, 2009, the day they started to clear the lots. He jumped out of his pickup and walked over to my roommate and DEMANDED that my roommate find some other place to park. My roommate informed that he was not on his property and he would not find another place to park. He claimed he was asking my roommate nicely but the demanding tone in his voice to my roommate told my roommate otherwise. My roommate told him he was parked on a public street and he has no right to demand that my roommate park elsewhere. So the police was called to settle the dispute.
My roommate has owned his property since Jan. of 2000 and he has parked his bus in the same place for 3 YEARS. He has owned his lot less than 2 years and in all that time my roommate has only seen him that one time. His property starts at the telephone pole and runs 70 feet across the front towards the side street. Where my roommate parks his bus is 10 feet away from his property line. If the city has an ordinance against my roommate parking there, it has never been enforced in the 3 years that he has parked there, and the Onalaska police department makes nightly rounds here and has seen the bus parked in the same place every night. The Mayor says there is an ordinance, and when asked for a written copy, his response was that the ordinance is not in writing. How can the city enforce something that is not in writing? Until then my roommate will continue to park the bus in the same spot on the public street.
The Polk County Enterprise has also been notified of this situation. In telephone calls to the Mayors office & another neighbor actually went in person to the Mayors office, it is now to the point where the Mayor, Roy & I assume Ronnie Vincent is to come out here tomorrow to take a look at the situation.
I personally cannot believe this new neighbor has created such a disturbance over where my roommate parks his bus! I & the rest of our neighbors had to listen to their loud noise for most of today & it was extremely disturbing to someone like me who has a problem with nerves & is currently on disability for a terminal illness! Besides the fact they had vehicles parked on both sides of the road (C&A drive) & at one time they even had a truck stopped in the road! I have taken digital pictures of this entire thing along with the noise they where making today!
Thanks in advance! Mark W. Clark
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