Akron Housing Appeal Board Illegal?

By Frank Ruggiero Published:

Dear Sir(s): Here is my situation and I desperately hope someone can step in to stop this injustice. I bought a house in September that needs some repairs done in order to make it a good home to live in.Its main problem is that it needs siding on the exterior, which I am currently trying to get replaced. This house had several other small problems with it,all fixable with a little time. In December, I was ordered to appear before the Akron Health Dept.'s Housing appeals board. who was holding a hearing on whether to demolish this home or not. I asked the board why this property was already in front of the Demo board, and they said it was because issues were cited in October that were not taken care of.I explained to them the gas station (Circle K) had approached us and said they were interested in buying the property and repairs wouldn't be needed if they were going to purchase. The appeals board gave us until their next meeting (Jan.15th)to remove trash,which there was none,secure the property (which was secure),etc. which we complied with. We didn't hear from the corporate office of the gas station until Jan.10th, who told us then that they did not want to buy the property. We went to the meeting on Jan.15th and told them our results with the gas station.I tried to explain to them that since we were not going to sell the property, we wanted to be given a chance to fix it up and live in the home. Bear in mind that this was our second time in front of the board who had handed out flyers to the other neighbors giving anyone a chance to complain about this house to the panel. No one from the neighborhood on both occasions came to complain about the house being a problem. I asked the board why they had cited this house for building code violations when they were the Health Dept. I asked them why No certified electricians or plumbers were on the board to make these determinations. This angered the appeals board tremendously and all discussion ended at that point. The next thing I knew was the chairman of the board asked for a vote to demolish the home and all board members followed like lemmings in agreement to condemn it. We have one more chance to try and save the home which will be held in front of the same board, and I believe they will not reach a justifiable decision based upon their actions during the January meeting. I firmly believe that the people of Akron who have to defend themselves about a home with the health dept. are NOT being treated fairly. There are dozens of taxpayers here that experience the same thing each month at the Housing Board meetings. Being a country of Laws, should not a certified electrician or plumber, or HVAC contractor be on the board to determine if there is truly a problem in those areas? Are health sanitarians able to make these kind of code violation determinations and order one's house demolished? This house is not in that bad of shape at all, yet by arousing a board members anger, it is scheduled to be razed, because I questioned their authority. This takes away my opportunity to do better for myself, to improve my financial and overall conditions of life, as it also does for many of us who are subject to this same bogus appeals panel. I am in the process of contacting the Ohio Board of Building Standards to have this case reviewed by them as an attempt to over rule the appeals board's decision. I know that the way in which this panel conducts business is illegal,and unfair. I ask with others only to be given fair treatment in this matter, but I don not see that happening by this panel. I ask that you investigate these incidents in Akron immediately to see if criminal wrongdoing is taking place. I would ask the local courts to do so, by they are like a hand in glove with the health dept. here in Akron. Any local lawyer you approach, doesn't want to challenge them and loose their good standing with the local courts or they ask for a huge retainer which one cannot provide. Please consider investigating this travesty of justice in Akron and Summit County for the benefit of the citizens who suffer. They may have good reason to demolish some of these homes around here, but surely they should be made to do it in accordance of existing laws and regulations which the city of Akron bypasses. We the people deserve better government than this. I may be reached at 330-703-5923 at any time for your inquiries. My email is frank83053@gmail.com Thank You Patricia Becker and Frank Ruggiero

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