Senior Oklahoma Land Owner Pushed Around by Code Enforcement - Need AdviceSubmitted by wowabunga on Fri, 05/10/2013 - 21:27
One of the best fellows you'll ever meet is being pushed around by his local city code department in a small town in Oklahoma. City says the man has too much stuff in his yard.
Landowner bought the land years ago and built the house by his own hands. At that time his land was in the country and only later did the city annex his land into the local city limits. Landowner is now 72 and retired from the oil field business.
Landowner is a tinkerer type of fellow and likes to buy equipment, scrap metal, and your average everyday cool stuff that people collect. Landowners neighbor calls the collection trash and keeps reporting him to the city. Land owner has cleaned up the side and front yards, but now the judge/code folks want to charge landowner with running a scrap yard. Funny thing is landowner doesn't sell his collection he just likes to buy stuff. Landowner's dream is to build a small community gathering spot with live music and good food.
Need a general direction to head in as far as legality. I've told him that the local govt is more concerned with their lack of taxes than his natural born rights to own his land and live in peace. Anyone got any expereince here ? Oklahoma I hear is more "free" than a lot of others. Landower will have a court date in a few days.