Our Present Code Enforcement Officer


HOW CAN YOU COMPLY WITH CODE
When no one will tell you what it is?


Is this the way a contractor hired by the Village Board should respond to legitimate -- and polite -- questions asked by a village resident?

Doug Staley, employed as Code Enforcement Officer for Aurora, had advised a resident to ask Village Attorney Andy Fusco for information. Staley himself had been unable or unwilling answer the resident’s questions about complying with code.

So the resident emailed Fusco asking her questions, copying Staley and other village officials as a courtesy.

Staley then fired off two emails to the resident which might be seen as... well... see for yourself.

And remember, this Code Officer has proposed radical changes to our village zoning law that will give him sweeping new powers.



From: Doug Staley
Sent: Thursday, March 22, 2007 7:03 PM
To: Laura Holland
Subject: RE: Information Requested
Hello; I have been in contact with ANDY ; ANd being the Case that you Lawyered up previously ; He Cannot Talk to YOu at all it is against the LAW ; YOU will need to contact your attorney so that HE can talk to ANDY ; Any Further Questions need to Go to YOUR Attorney Not ANDY Or Nancy ; Hope this make this Clear ; ; Thanks; Doug Staley
From: Doug Staley
Sent: Thursday, March 22, 2007 7:07 PM
To: Laura Holland
Subject: RE: Information Requested
Hello; YOu Have been told what you need ; Please comply Or stop ; Your Needs will will not be tolerated unless you follow the Village; County And State Law; Doug Staley
-----Original Message-----

From: Laura Holland
Sent: Thursday, March 08, 2007 4:59 PM
Subject: Information Requested

Thursday, March 8, 2007

Dear Mr. Fusco,

This morning I was in the Aurora village office to ask questions of Code Enforcement Officer, Doug Staley.

He was unable to definitively answer my questions and he advised me to contact you for answers.
* I asked Mr. Staley about setbacks and what is allowed in a setback. In a 10 foot setback around a building, or in the setback from a property line, what is permitted as the makeup of the setback? Grass, stone, dirt? Can trees and shrubbery be planted? Can a setback be paved?

* I asked Mr. Staley : is a driveway considered a structure? Do the setback laws apply to a driveway, or does a driveway have different setback laws? Is there anywhere I can find this information in writing?

* While I was asking questions about the driveway that we have an easement on, along the north side of the Masonic Lodge, Staley told me that we could do nothing there without the approval of the Masonic Lodge because they have a 10 foot easement around their building. Although I do not believe that this private easement is in Staley's jurisdiction as CEO, I explained that the easement is for maintenance only. As long as we do not do anything that unreasonably interferes with or restricts the Masonic Lodge from doing maintenance on their building, it is still our property - or in the case of the driveway, our easement - and we do not need their approval. This is not an exclusive easement. Staley responded by saying that "you will have to get the Masonic Lodge's approval, and, frankly, I can't see them giving it to you." Again, he referred me to you, to get a definitive answer regarding whether or not we must have Masonic Lodge approval to do anything within the easement area - although I dispute his making a private easement part of his business.
I look forward to your clarification of these matters.

Sincerely,

Laura Holland

-----Original Message-----
From: Laura Holland
Sent: Thursday, March 22, 2007 10:29 AM

Subject: FW: Information Requested

Dear Mr. Fusco,

Two weeks ago today I visited the Aurora village office to get information from Doug Staley, our Code Enforcement Officer, regarding setback laws.

He stated that he could not answer my questions and repeatedly advised me to contact you for the answers.

Before asking Staley for the setback information, I read our Aurora village law, and I asked the chairs of several village boards, in hopes of finding the answers to my questions. I could not find the information that I was seeking.

I have waited two weeks. I was unable to get the information I needed from Staley, and I have not received a reply from you. We are seeking this information in order to comply with all village and state rules and laws. If the people who are supposed to know these rules can not, or will not, furnish us with the requested information we will proceed with our plans strictly in a manner that suits our needs.

Sincerely,

Laura Holland


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