Woman, Jailed and Fined For Being Unable to Repair House, is Freed
Lady cannot repair her house to meet code, and when she and her husband tried to fix the fence themselves, the city ticketed her for repairing the fence without a building permit.
I cannot BELIEVE this is happening in Texas - Sounds more like the Code Natzis in Boston. Why doesn't the city go bulldoze a drug house or something and leave this lady alone? Except for the paint, it doesn't look much worse than hundreds of others I've seen. :censored:
Woman Jailed For Code Violations Freed
POSTED: 5:04 pm CST March 2, 2006
UPDATED: 8:13 pm CST March 2, 2006
RICHARDSON, Texas -- Mary Collard walked out of jail Thursday after spending 16 days behind bars for failing to comply with city codes and declining to respond to city citations. Collard, however, is not out of trouble.
Collard was jailed because the city of Richardson cited her 101 times because the condition of her home fails to comply with municipal codes. The city maintains that her house needs paint, the fence is deteriorated and a portion of the fence was built without a permit. She also was jailed because during a preliminary hearing, she would not confirm to a judge she would return to court for a trail.
Collard said the city does not have the right to tell her how to maintain her home. She also said that health and financial problems have prevented her from paying for repairs.
The city first cited Collard in 2003. She and her husband ignored the citations and warrants, and she was jailed Feb. 14 after a traffic stop.
Collard still faces a $20,000 fine imposed by a jury. City officials said they would help Collard mitigate remaining legal problems.
"We just want Ms. Collard to know that we are here and willing to work with her to resolve the issues at her home in any way that she sees best," Don Magner, of the city of Richardson, said.
Collard said she and her husband would attempt to comply with the city.
"We have 30 days to get it fixed," she said. "I'm trying" to meet the deadline.
The city likely would pursue the $20,000 fine if the Collards fail to make the required repairs within the 30-day deadline, according to an NBC 5 report. If the Collards meet the deadline and make the repairs, the city likely would be reduce or waive the fine.