Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Anonymous's Review of the NEO Meeting

Hopefully Anonymous doesn't mind me reprinting this comment which he/she made 2 threads down. If anyone else has a response to the meeting, or disagrees with this summary, here's the place to post it.

Anonymous said:
For those who want to know, the last NEO meeting went off without a hitch. No real changes happening that are not being done already. The tenants will be informed with a check list left behind by the housing inspector. Some items include trash inside the house, missing batteries in smoke detectors, storage of gas in the house, and bedrooms in the basement/attic. Eleven items in all. If the tenant doesn't correct the violation, they may get a citation equal to a $30 ticket that he won't have to pay until he tries to get his drivers license renewed. Mike Ryan made it a point that the landlord understands that rental housing is a business and the city will not become a mediator or eviction processor. The landlord needs to run his business and he is ultimately responsible for all that goes on at their properties. Now for all nuisance trash and vehicles you must call public works and the police department for a response. All in all, this was a lot simpler when the old NEO was running it. "One call got it all" What a mess!

Funny to see exactly who of the aldermen showed. Frink for the first and last meeting, Meyer for the second meeting, and Howard and Ambrose for approx 10 minutes of the first one and thats it .I suspect this will become a hot topic at election time.

39 Comments:

At 1/24/2007 4:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are weed complaints supposed to go to public works also?

 
At 1/24/2007 5:10 PM, Blogger Snarky Chick said...

There should be online forms for complaints and complaint tracking also.

 
At 1/24/2007 6:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where was Billy? He was the one who created this whole mess. It sure seems like the nutty proffesor would have been at all the meetings, since it was not to long ago he and all the Qcrapers had all the answers, and by the way, where has Steen, Lubell, and LaHood been? It seems like all of a sudden they have nothing to say, gee I wonder why?

 
At 1/24/2007 6:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think the reason that you are not seeing a lot of input by the council or the qcrpa members is that there is nothing much to be gained by going to these meetings. All in all, things are an improvment over the old NEO, where you would make your one call and get absolutely nothing in return.

 
At 1/24/2007 7:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dan you are so transparent, why dont't you just admit you and your little group of predators are going down the tubes, because no one will miss you except the politicians you bought, and they are going to be gone soon!

 
At 1/24/2007 7:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

By the way Dan, when are you going to tell us about your telephone scam?

 
At 1/24/2007 8:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

DO tell...

 
At 1/24/2007 8:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I went to the meeting. It was interesting to see the really bad landlords come and speak. There were two there that just assumed we all were idiots in the room.

I am guessing that the QCRPA will be regretting what they accomplished. It is all about enforcement after all, so we shall see what happens.

There was one guy who just was offensive and said that if we enforce rental codes that poor people will have no where to live. It was insane really. I hate to break it to this guy, but poor people deserve decent housing too.

Additionally, he could not seem to find the connection between crime and blighted run down neighborhoods. He was the poster child for the QCRPA I think. If I were a member of that group, I would place a gag order on some of my members. Things are going from bad to worse for them.

I am warning all of you, we will see another something from that group because this situation is getting desperate for them. I am wondering how long before the council change this plan too at the request of the QCRPA.

That group really needs to be be banned from the table and hopefully the candidates for city council will call them on the carpet.

 
At 1/25/2007 9:14 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was there too and there was this guy sitting up front who said he was a member of the QCRPA and actually said that landlords cannot deny housing to convicted arsonists if they have ben through counseling. He said the civil rights people say so. I find this to be odd, arsonists and criminals are not a protected class.

Dan, you better rein these guys in - they are making you look bad.

 
At 1/25/2007 10:33 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Word on the streets is that QCRPA and their attorneys have offered to sit down with Mike Loos and his attorney to offer a cash settlement to drop his lawsuit against them. I think the QCRPA boys are worried that a lot more dirty laundry besides the Loos case will be brought out into the open.

 
At 1/25/2007 11:32 AM, Anonymous origial blogger said...

To Anon. 4:56,
The weeds will stay with the fire department and you may call the NEO ph.# 326-7746. press 1 for enviro.
But let me tell you this, The weed cutting will be run on a complaint basis only. There will be no proative approch and blind letters will be sent to all complaint addresses. So when you call, make sure you have the right address and you are sure that the address is part of the parcel in question. What a mess!

 
At 1/25/2007 11:41 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So, if I'm pissed at my neighbor, I can call in a complaint and he will get a letter from the city? I will start calling in Bill Lynn's rental houses come spring.

 
At 1/25/2007 11:41 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dude, I have lived in this mess for years. I can tell you that the current program is kickin it compared to what used to go down with the old inspection program. Now, if you call, at least something gets done. Also, i had a neighbor that was a convicted fellon, and I checked on it. Some lady from the city, Morell or something like that, said the landlord could not turn the guy away so long as he was not currently doing criminal stuff.
Everything else being equal, i think the current program is way better than the old school stuff.

 
At 1/25/2007 12:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

To Dude.
Hey pal, drop the doobie. Nobody talks lie that anymore. Except for slumlords.

 
At 1/25/2007 2:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Snarky - Online forms for complaint already exist at the city's website. Check it out. It is also faster than Meyer

 
At 1/25/2007 4:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't you get it, 11:41 is jusy Dan trying to fool us all with his'stree lingo".

Dude.

 
At 1/25/2007 5:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I find it hard to understand why there just isn't one number to report ANY problem. If it's a trash problem, weed problem, or abandoned car, why not just report it to public works, and public works could dispatch it to whomever is the responsible inspector. Keep these programs simple. Now we are still having to call the grouch at the fire dept for weeds. Did they give reasoning for this at any of these three meetings?

 
At 1/25/2007 5:42 PM, Blogger QuadCityImages said...

Something like a Davenport Resident Services number?

Seems like a good idea to me.

 
At 1/25/2007 6:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's a good name for it QCI. It wouldn't cost anymore to impliment it either, as public works already has two full time ladies that answer phones at the call center anyway.

 
At 1/25/2007 7:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey peeps! If it ain't broke, don't fix it. I have lived here for years, and the shit is better now then it was in the past, thats for sure. I just called in a mess yesterday, and its damn clean today!

 
At 1/25/2007 8:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Shut up Dan! We know its you!

 
At 1/25/2007 8:48 PM, Blogger QuadCityImages said...

Even if they just transfered you to the right department, it would be easier than having to know the right number.

 
At 1/25/2007 10:26 PM, Anonymous In The Know said...

That would only make sense to you and I but the inner workings of this fare city are much more complicated. These complaints now are being tossed like a hot potatoes. Nobody wants to take resposability for complaints and they sit until the complaint complains again that they are not getting a response. The fire department dosn't know what the public works does and in turn public works dosn't want to know what the fire department had been doing. They get along like cats and dogs. One big pissing match. One thing that did work was the combined effort of the old NEO and the NETS officers in Goose creek. Never in the history of the city had they ever have two departments work so closely and accomplish so much in such a short time as these guys did. My hat is off to those that were involved. Too bad it had to end. The city should use them as a model and example for all the other departments to follow.

 
At 1/26/2007 11:46 AM, Blogger Snarky Chick said...

anon 1/25/2007 2:41 PM - Thanks for the heads up. I don't have to make many complaints but it is good to know. Do you know if you can track the status of the complaint online?

 
At 1/26/2007 1:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You can now track the status of an online complaint. Also, there is not a dispute between fire and public works and the old NEO worked with one inspector only, Tony Haute, for reporting crime. That was it. I won't give my identity, I don't want to get into trouble, but lets say I am connected through the City. For the record, I am not Dan. LOL.

 
At 1/26/2007 3:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You can't really track the stauts of an online complaint, that is misleading. The truth is that you can make a complaint and the city tells you they sent a letter and the case is closed. Even when it hasn't really been resolved yet. There is no real updates as to what happened to the person being complained of. They are fixing this apparently. It does little to satisfy the community and our desire to get answers.

 
At 1/27/2007 3:58 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with the poster at 1:23 pm. It is still a huge improvement over the old NEO.

 
At 1/27/2007 8:38 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dan just L-o-v-e-S to agree with himself. Thanks for your constant imput.

 
At 1/27/2007 9:18 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry, I am not Dan... Walter. And, I am not talking to myself. Walter is the only person on this blog that really hates not having the old NEO. Is that because they let him skate on his own trashed out properties?

 
At 1/27/2007 10:39 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where do you live poster at 1:23 and the other who agrees. Obviously not in the central city of Davenport. The tracking just smoke and mirrors and the ineffectiveness is still htere in a higher degree. We are driven more mad by having to challenge the e-mail responses telling us that our complaint is resolved when in fact it is not. A letter is not a resolution to a problem.

I have hope for the new program, but I strongly disagree that the current way is better then the old NEO. And I do live here. Not in Bettendorf or Blue Grass. I ma guessing those posters are people who own property here, there is a difference in perception of the condition of the neighborhoods if you live here. We have higher standards.

 
At 1/27/2007 11:16 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The thing that is still not clear is who is going to do Rental Inspections in the future. The fire department has hardly done any, so is Public works going to take over this job also, or did we go to the "landlord self inspection" system?

 
At 1/27/2007 10:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nope...It will be the fire department, and it IS the fire department right now.

 
At 1/28/2007 11:12 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The fire department is making it obvious that they don't care to do any rental or environmental inspections, so it would be in the citizens best interests to move all these duties to public works. Was this discussed at any of the three meetings?

 
At 1/28/2007 3:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If the new budget is calling for 7 new NEO inspectors, then the licence fees for the landlords need to be raised to at least cover the costs of the inspectors and the administrators who oversee the inspections program.

 
At 1/28/2007 8:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, tis "money savings" innovation sold to the other aldermen by Bill Lynn has resulted in thousands of dollars of tax payers money and will cost more in the future. I dare Billy to deny that this whole thing has cost us money and cleaner neighborhoods.

And by the way Dan, it's THAN not THEN. You're easy to spot 'cause you write like a 6 year old.

Also if the Fed's finally get involved in this I think a fitting punishment would be to make Dan and Mike Steen and the rest to serve out their terms by living in their own crap properties.

 
At 1/29/2007 1:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, Walter/Wayne/Barb/Pat...Sorry I am not Dan, and I also am not an English teacher, so EXCUSE me! But, I would live in my own property, and I proudly do so now! I hope the Feds do get involved, it would blow the lid of corruption in this town.

 
At 1/29/2007 2:05 PM, Anonymous Smokin Joe said...

To 1:23, You can't be that conneced because you spelled the inpectors name wrong. I believe all that you are going is spewing what you have been told. One Question, why hasn't the NETS Officers been interviewed, asked how their job has been affected by the guting of the NEO? That would be interesting to know what they think.

 
At 1/29/2007 9:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

1:14 - you just gave yourself away. You are either Dan, Mike or Tony. I know this because only those people obsess about Pat, Wayne, Barb and Walter and would know to raddle them off like that. The fact is that those 4 pursued you and you are crabby about it. You have attempted to suck in many people and none bite. Except for Bill Boom that is. You better support his campaign.

 
At 1/30/2007 7:57 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

To 9:33 pm, I will say it again. I am not Dan. But you have confirmed you are either Walter/Wayne/Barb/Pat because only those four have such high opinions of themselves.

 

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