2009.01.28 Sandy Davis: Money wasted in lawsuit

Written by David Green.

In 1985 the FHA (Farmers Home Administration) made us file bankruptcy.  The took all of our property and sold it to our son, Jeff Davis. At that time it was their obligation to give him clear deed and abstract, which they did.

A few years before this we put a house trailer beside the house. At that time we filed the proper paperwork and the township has never said anything about the trailer not meeting codes until a couple of years ago. They have collected taxes for over 20 years on this property and now, for some reason, they have decided that it has to be moved.

They have taken my son to court and TWO courts, the Lenawee County court and the State Court in Lansing, have both determined that there is not sufficient evidence to prosecute. It should be a done deal but no, the township is once again trying to take him back to court for the same offense. The township is wasting our money.

How many other trailers or homes in our township do not meet the codes or have the permits that they should have? The township should be looking into all homes or buildings but for some reason they have singled him out.

This trailer is kept up, it is not an eyesore and Jeff rents to people that need a home. He has spent thousands of dollars to defend his right to leave the trailer there when it would have been much cheaper just to give in and move it but he feels that since they have collected taxes and he has kept up the trailer that he has the right to keep it there.

Do you want the township to keep pursuing this and spending thousands of your dollars on prosecuting this or do you think that the money could be better spent on roads, bridges, or other improvements?

Since FHA gave him clear deed and title it should be them the township is going after if anyone. We need to speak up and tell them to stop wasting our money. Call your township officials and give them your opinion. 

– Sandra Davis

W. Mulberry Road, Morenci

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