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Judge orders man to remove unused car from driveway

John Delacey

John Delacey never thought he'd find himself in court for leaving an unused car parked in his driveway.
But the 46-year-old found out the hard way that if your car needs fixing and is drawing the neighbours' attention, that's exactly what can happen.
Delacey was in provincial court in St. John's Thursday, charged with breaching section 5.2.3 of the city bylaw which forbids residents from keeping a "discarded, dismantled, inoperative, unused or abandoned vehicle" on residential property.
His 1997 blue Ford Taurus has been in the driveway of his Fahey Street house, where his daughter lives, since last summer.
Delacey lives just down the road and gave the car to his daughter, but because she's a single mother, she hasn't been able to afford the repairs.
He said the car works fine - it just needs brake work and a new tire, and to be licensed. He's angry that the city can step in and make demands about his property.
"It's not right," Delacey told The Telegram outside court.
"It's my property and I'm paying property taxes. I should be allowed to have something like a car in my driveway, for God's sake.
"The car is not an eyesore and is not hurting anybody. And I've got the doors locked, so the youngsters can't get in."
But the city's lawyer, Linda Bishop, said neighbours have complained several times about the 13-year-old idle car.
The city issued Delacey a notice and a $100 fine in July, but when the car was still not removed, they took the matter to court to get a compliance order from a judge.
"I don't understand why I'm not allowed to park my own vehicle in my driveway," Delacey told Judge Robert Hyslop.
The judge let him away with a $50 fine and gave him 30 days to remove the vehicle from his driveway.
"I guess I'll have to get it towed," Delacey said when he walked out of court, "but I just feel I'm being picked on."
Delacey's case was one of about 10 called in court Thursday for alleged breaches of city regulations.
Those breaches include everything from failing to mow a lawn to building on a watershed and failing to have fire-rated doors in apartment units.
Ivan Burry, for example, was fined $225 for failing to cut his grass, paint his shed and fix his patio.
While that may seem harsh, Dave Blackmore, the City of St. John's director of building and property, said it's important that people not neglect their properties.
Car wrecks and debris on property can not only be hazardous, but can affect the property values of surrounding homes, he said.
"The city expects all home owners to have their property maintained and in clean condition," said Blackmore, whose department is in charge of property enforcement, including construction, permitting, inspections and building maintenance.
"When you're buying a property in a neighbourhood, you're part of that community as a whole. There are certain expectations your community would have, in terms of having your property maintained in a certain condition."
Blackmore said the city receives tens of thousands of complaints a year - from debris and garbage to sanitary matters. As a result, the city completed 7,500 property inspections last year.
Blackmore said the city will first issue a notice to give the property owner the opportunity to remedy the situation. If that request is not complied with, the city will issue a ticket.
If the owner still doesn't comply, the city then takes legal action.
"We're quite reasonable and like to work with the owners," Blackmore said.
"When it gets to point where it goes to court, it's usually because we're at odds over a period of time. … Our goal is to get the problem solved. By no means is it to seek a fine."
In Delacey's situation, Blackmore said there was more than an idle car involved.
He said Delacey's driveway and lawn were often strewn with old tires and car parts.
"If it was just a matter of the car needing a licence or small repair, we wouldn't have taken any further action. It was the continued non-compliance on his part," Blackmore said.
"By no means, did we take action that was unwarranted."

rgillingham@thetelegram.com

Organizations: Fahey Street house

Geographic location: St. John's

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  • Manuel
    July 02, 2010 - 13:34

    I think Dave Blackmore should start looking at the city's properties before he starts picking on the citizens of the community.
    For starters he needs to go do inspections on almost every rental property in the downtown area. Ive looked at a few of them and was showed one by Downtown property maitenance. In this apartment i was abale to stick my hand out through a wall in the back porch which they had stuffed with clothes. I was told its nothing and no wind hits that part of the house. Not one of these properties meets city codes and most are death traps for those living in them and that idiot is worried about a car in good condition and isnt an eyesore to anyone except a neighbor who is obviously to nosy.
    This only goes to show what idiotic people the city will hire.

  • James
    July 02, 2010 - 13:31

    Whether it is 300 tickets for snow clearing violations in the absence of snow, fines for failing to mow your lawn, or parking a car with expired plates, this City has become more and more arrogant in dealing with citizens. The underlying problem, which is not unique to St. John's, is two-fold. The first is that Canada pulled back from amendments in the 1980s that would have enshrined property rights in our constitution. The absence of property rights leaves homeowners at the whim of petty bureaucrats who will not be satisfied until every home is a cookie-cutter replica of the next. The second is a structural weakness in the municipal form of government itself. In recent decades cities have become far more powerful than was orginally intended. They constantly lobby provincial governments for greater power and, in an effort to download costs, the provinces have generally obliged. But unlike provincial and federal governments, municipal governments cannot be defeated and turned out of office. Voter turn-out is extremely low, they are in four years solid and, once their feet are under the table, they feel accountable to no one. Public meetings are purely for show. It gives them an opportunity to preen and grandstand while all the real debate and decisions take place behind closed doors. Their greatest ambition is to grow as big as possible which, of course, means exhausting every possibility for raising revenues. Beyond these shortcomings, City Hall habitually operates in a manner that gives preference to some (those with money) and the shaft to others (those without money). I know several people with cars that, for one reason or another, have expired plates for several months a year. But they live in upscale neighborhoods and no one from City Hal will ever bother them. I know some who not only don't mow lawns but deliberately encourage weeds. (One man's weeds are another man's flowers). They feel their approach to gardening is more environmentally sound - which of course it is. (One lawn mower spews out more pollutants than 40 cars.)

    Given its propensity to subject average citizens to every letter and nuance of the law - however ridiculous - I am keen to see how they respond to the new Fortis application for a 15-storey monstrosity in an historic downtown area zoned for four. Will they send them packing, summarily dismiss their application, point out that it breaches every regulation and guideline they have OR are they already quietly in sync with the Fortis strategy of asking for the stars and settling for the moon. Some poor guy with an old house is told he can't put a vinyl window in it, but let there be no doubt that O'Keefe and three or four of his buddies on council are already salivating over this $75 million dollar project on Water Street. Did Fortis meet with Council as a whole. No, they opted for individual meetings (probably over dinner and drinks) as a way of dividing and conquering. The battle lines are already being drawn but Duff, O'Leary and Galgay have their work cut out for them. They know that money talks and that the chances of another Atlantic Place fiasco are looming.

  • No
    July 02, 2010 - 13:30

    I want every car and truck without current registration ticketed. This will be the only fair option. The city needs to earn it's keep, and not be selective. This needs to be done starting today. All city cars and truck that do not move for more then seven days will be towed as well. This game can be played both ways.

  • T
    July 02, 2010 - 13:28

    Bones II - What exactly does firefighter raises have to do with this story? I don't see you running into any burning buildings while everyone else is running out!? Firefighters deserve every penny they make, in my humble opinion.

  • Bones II
    July 02, 2010 - 13:28

    TS: I agree, and more besides. Not only that, they would have and should have had it a long time ago. Problem is, the city can't afford it and they won't admit it. Watch it get much worse. They still have that thorn-in-the-side of a highway to maintain yet and that's not related to the story either. It does, however, have EVERYTHING to do with the city needing, wanting, and getting more of your money. A Firefighter is truly worth no less than his own weight in gold - per week! My apologies if my comments were taken as being against those raises, they were not. Those raises should have been in place three years ago.

  • Paul
    July 02, 2010 - 13:27

    Complete foolishness this one. I'm often away working for 4-5 months at a time while my vehicle sits in the driveway, and the sticker could possibly run out during that period. I don't think the city should be able to dictate so pettily on things like this. If it were a real mess, then maybe, but a car in a driveway???!!!

  • Graham
    July 02, 2010 - 13:25

    Well, well, well... now we see what it's all about. Maintaining or raising property values.
    Funny, I have had a 21 year old, unlicenced but operational vehicle in my driveway for the last 3 years. I guess it's time to drive it into the woods and have a bonfire. I also have a 78 year old, unlicenced vehicle in my garage. Come find me.

  • jojo
    July 02, 2010 - 13:25

    I can't beleive the city is comming down on someone for having a car parked in his driveway ,the city should look at the south side with one of there houses that is falling down ,theses people has a dog tied to the deck at least 16 hours a day the paint is falling of the wooden structure and if there was a fire there the house would burn for days because of the faulty oil tank they had for years .

  • Don
    July 02, 2010 - 13:25

    Some people are under the mistaken impression that they actually own their property but in reality you are only paying for it.The city actually ownes it because they make all these stupid rules.I always thought that you had a basic right to enjoy your property but if a neighbour has a problem with you all he has to do is call and report you to the city and they don't even have to give their name and they can get the city to crucify you.not bad for someone just paying their taxes and trying to survive day to day.time for us citizens to speak up and let these clowns know how we feel.most of us ordinary citizens did not ask them to bring in these stupid by-laws to torture us with.just leave us in peace.

  • Le
    July 02, 2010 - 13:24

    Get off your butt and fix your junk. Unless your property is behind a 8-foot high fence that nobody can see through then keeping a broken automobile in your driveway and crap on your lawn is going to draw the kind of attention you don't want.

    Think the neighbours are being too nosy? TOO BAD.

  • E
    July 02, 2010 - 13:24

    I guess this is where all the money for the city's upkeep of sidewalks and litter clean up is going...court fees. They don't seem to care much that the city is a cesspool of litter and graffiti...spend some money on that, that is where the eyesores are...and neighbors need to pay attention to their own back yard. They say if you can't maintain your property, you should sell it well then I guess it goes both ways, if you don't like your neighbor and what their property looks like, sell your house and get away from it....you are the one with the problem. Jeez a person can't even have any semblance of peace on property they bought and paid for...maybe the city should start paying the mortgage if they want to act like they own the property. I don't care what my neighbor does in his yard, it is marring the look of his house not mine. Just because you might look out the window and God forbid see it...big deal. I really wish people would stop interfering in other people's lives and stop being so nosy and judgmental...and creating rules that make people miserable for the short time we have on this earth....people spend too much time on how they and and their property looks...for God sake there are so many much bigger things to worry about...I feel sad for them because life is too short and they need to spend their time on more important things than worrying what their neighbors yard looks like.

  • Trevor
    July 02, 2010 - 13:20

    What a joke this is. Waste of money and court time. This city is becoming a joke.

  • BayGirl
    July 02, 2010 - 13:20

    They got nothing better to do so they ply dummies and pick on people cause they can. We make rules for them to be followed not abused...im gettin so sick and tired of the crap that town gets on with. Some Glad im not a townie

  • Kevin
    July 02, 2010 - 13:20

    This type of action is long overdue and such bylaw's should be put in place in the outports, as well. It seems like generations of the same people collect old cars and keep them around their property. An absolute eyesore. Too bad that you have to legislate keeping properties from looking like a third world country.

    I guess you don't have any choice when people don't have enough pride in their properties to keep them up and looking decent and lack of concern for their neighbours properties.

  • Jack
    July 02, 2010 - 13:20

    I think what John Delacey should do is take the City of St. John's to provincial and appellate courts to challenge this silly bylaw and for telling him what to do on his property.

    Where he parks vehicles on his property is absolutely none of the City of St. John's business, its his business whether the city and Mr. Blackmore like it or not.

    Because St. John's and Halifax Regional Municipality are starting to sound alike with their outdated and anti-quated bylaws not in touch with today's reality and lack common sense, perhaps these two cities have a strange alliance in putting these cities into the dark age. Guess who pays the price for council and bylaw foolishness? These cities.

    Earth to St. John's, where people park on their property is none of your business.

    Stay out of our houses St. John's and start focusing on more serious issues instead of tying up the courts.

  • Sihacpunjacpinnawong
    July 02, 2010 - 13:17

    Newfies crack me up, you guys leave Newfieland with all ur claims of the best hospitality, and the friendliest people....ya right...then you read this stuff? There are ways this guy can get back at his neighbors. Just gotta be creative, cause chances are he knows who they are. I'd walk the neighborhood each night with pen and notepad and do some investigation myself, I mean get petty, his neighbors did. Thats the true Newfieland spirit....out west us Newfies have a saying...only a Newfie will cut another Newfies throat...and that proves right in this case as well.

  • Stan
    July 02, 2010 - 13:16

    Le Chic from NL writes: Get off your butt and fix your junk. Unless your property is behind a 8-foot high fence that nobody can see through then keeping a broken automobile in your driveway and crap on your lawn is going to draw the kind of attention you don't want.

    Think the neighbours are being too nosy? TOO BAD.

    ----Maybe this world would be a better place if people focused more on their own lives and buisnesses rather than worrying about things that have absolutely nothing to do with them. There's something missing from ones own life if one needs to waste time watching what other people are doing and forcing your lifestyle and opinions down everybody's throat. I know persons that are like this and all they do is put immense strain on every relationship that they form. To each his/her own really speaks volumes (as long as it isn't impeding on another persons safety and well-being - and that doesn't include looking out the window and seeing a non-pretty landscape on the other side). Next time you decide to provide unrequested opinions and have unnecessary emotions towards someone else's lifestyle, read a book, solve a puzzle, do some cleaning in your own house/room/yard, but don't try to ruin someone else's day simply because you haven't been paid enough attention today.

  • Dingo
    July 02, 2010 - 13:16

    I don't mean to pick on Shea Heights or Blackhead. I love the people there and the area but there are cars and trucks scrapped in almost every yard and driveway. I really dont care what somebody does on their property. They are paying taxes same as all of us in this Clown Town. It is a matter of time before some little puppet in a green car goes up and gives out violations. Nothing more than a tax grab.

  • Lori
    July 02, 2010 - 13:13

    What's the process that you have to go through to get a car moved? My daughter has a car parked next to her downtown house for well over a year. Because it isn't her land she was told there was nothing the city could do! What a bunch of slack asses there are working in that city office! What ever their mood is that day is what they'll do for you.

  • crackie
    July 02, 2010 - 13:13

    My slum owner neighbour never cut his grass & it grew 4ft high- could have had a couple of goats fed all summer. All it did was breed mice. He wouldn't cut it so the City had to & then charged it to his taxes- which he never paid. So now the house is coming down because the roof is off- another piece came off during Christmas- the mould is throughout, the electric & plumbing are gone, floors rotted etc etc. There are reasons for these by-laws & the City doesn't do enough cracking down because it costs too much to take it to court. So it has to get to extremes before things are done.

  • E
    July 02, 2010 - 13:11

    Le Chic, it would be a different story is someone was being nosy in your back yard!

  • benjamin
    July 02, 2010 - 13:11

    I would say that Mr. Delaney has some terrible neighbors! just another indication of how cold this city can be sometimes. what harm was this car to others? if he had two cars next to is scrapped for parts, it would be a different story. St Johns is a cold hearted city filled with cold hearted people..Nuff Said!

  • Angry
    July 02, 2010 - 13:10

    Well said Stan, This world would be a better place if people focused more on their own lives and buisnesses rather than worrying about things that have absolutely nothing to do with them. Sad thing is, this will never happen. I actually think that this type of personality is genetic, or at least is easily passed on to children. Usually, when I meet a person with this attitude, their family is exactly the same way. They feel that it is their duty to **** with people as much as they possibly can - and they actually get a sense of accomplishment when they do. And it's usually the so called high class that have this smug personality (or at least they think they are high class). I think its a whole lot of prejudice mixed with some instigative intuition and a pinch of pure evil!

  • Willie
    July 02, 2010 - 13:09

    I don't mind him having his car up on blocks in his driveway at all. Down here, I have a teepee hoist set up in my driveway for removing car motors like 318's. Nobody says nothing about that down here. Too many foolish rules in town.

    Willie Hunt
    Pouch Cove NL

  • Bones II
    July 02, 2010 - 13:09

    So why wasn't the charge for not having a clean lawn or for having car parts strewn about if that was the problem? Blackmore says so himself that the car didn't warrant further action. Other issues were the problem, the car was what Blackmore said it was - in need of a sticker and a small repair. Digressing from the story, St. John's won't have any trouble paying the firefighter raises and retroactive payments while they're gouging their own residents like this, lol. Prepare yourselves people, the city need your money.

  • what a bunch
    July 02, 2010 - 13:09

    The City of St Johns needs to look at their city owned property before judging anyone elses rundown looking homes...anyone ever look at city housing on Carters Hill???What dumps... at least from the outside!!Pot calling the kettle black!!!

  • Chuck
    July 02, 2010 - 13:08

    If the car has four wheels on it, and is not an eyesore, what's the problem? I guess this applies to people who have a vehicle that is for sale and park it on their property. If they are not using the car, they should be ticketed and forced to move the car. How STUPID is the council of St. John's???

  • Manuel
    July 01, 2010 - 20:24

    I think Dave Blackmore should start looking at the city's properties before he starts picking on the citizens of the community.
    For starters he needs to go do inspections on almost every rental property in the downtown area. Ive looked at a few of them and was showed one by Downtown property maitenance. In this apartment i was abale to stick my hand out through a wall in the back porch which they had stuffed with clothes. I was told its nothing and no wind hits that part of the house. Not one of these properties meets city codes and most are death traps for those living in them and that idiot is worried about a car in good condition and isnt an eyesore to anyone except a neighbor who is obviously to nosy.
    This only goes to show what idiotic people the city will hire.

  • James
    July 01, 2010 - 20:20

    Whether it is 300 tickets for snow clearing violations in the absence of snow, fines for failing to mow your lawn, or parking a car with expired plates, this City has become more and more arrogant in dealing with citizens. The underlying problem, which is not unique to St. John's, is two-fold. The first is that Canada pulled back from amendments in the 1980s that would have enshrined property rights in our constitution. The absence of property rights leaves homeowners at the whim of petty bureaucrats who will not be satisfied until every home is a cookie-cutter replica of the next. The second is a structural weakness in the municipal form of government itself. In recent decades cities have become far more powerful than was orginally intended. They constantly lobby provincial governments for greater power and, in an effort to download costs, the provinces have generally obliged. But unlike provincial and federal governments, municipal governments cannot be defeated and turned out of office. Voter turn-out is extremely low, they are in four years solid and, once their feet are under the table, they feel accountable to no one. Public meetings are purely for show. It gives them an opportunity to preen and grandstand while all the real debate and decisions take place behind closed doors. Their greatest ambition is to grow as big as possible which, of course, means exhausting every possibility for raising revenues. Beyond these shortcomings, City Hall habitually operates in a manner that gives preference to some (those with money) and the shaft to others (those without money). I know several people with cars that, for one reason or another, have expired plates for several months a year. But they live in upscale neighborhoods and no one from City Hal will ever bother them. I know some who not only don't mow lawns but deliberately encourage weeds. (One man's weeds are another man's flowers). They feel their approach to gardening is more environmentally sound - which of course it is. (One lawn mower spews out more pollutants than 40 cars.)

    Given its propensity to subject average citizens to every letter and nuance of the law - however ridiculous - I am keen to see how they respond to the new Fortis application for a 15-storey monstrosity in an historic downtown area zoned for four. Will they send them packing, summarily dismiss their application, point out that it breaches every regulation and guideline they have OR are they already quietly in sync with the Fortis strategy of asking for the stars and settling for the moon. Some poor guy with an old house is told he can't put a vinyl window in it, but let there be no doubt that O'Keefe and three or four of his buddies on council are already salivating over this $75 million dollar project on Water Street. Did Fortis meet with Council as a whole. No, they opted for individual meetings (probably over dinner and drinks) as a way of dividing and conquering. The battle lines are already being drawn but Duff, O'Leary and Galgay have their work cut out for them. They know that money talks and that the chances of another Atlantic Place fiasco are looming.

  • No
    July 01, 2010 - 20:19

    I want every car and truck without current registration ticketed. This will be the only fair option. The city needs to earn it's keep, and not be selective. This needs to be done starting today. All city cars and truck that do not move for more then seven days will be towed as well. This game can be played both ways.

  • T
    July 01, 2010 - 20:16

    Bones II - What exactly does firefighter raises have to do with this story? I don't see you running into any burning buildings while everyone else is running out!? Firefighters deserve every penny they make, in my humble opinion.

  • Bones II
    July 01, 2010 - 20:16

    TS: I agree, and more besides. Not only that, they would have and should have had it a long time ago. Problem is, the city can't afford it and they won't admit it. Watch it get much worse. They still have that thorn-in-the-side of a highway to maintain yet and that's not related to the story either. It does, however, have EVERYTHING to do with the city needing, wanting, and getting more of your money. A Firefighter is truly worth no less than his own weight in gold - per week! My apologies if my comments were taken as being against those raises, they were not. Those raises should have been in place three years ago.

  • Paul
    July 01, 2010 - 20:15

    Complete foolishness this one. I'm often away working for 4-5 months at a time while my vehicle sits in the driveway, and the sticker could possibly run out during that period. I don't think the city should be able to dictate so pettily on things like this. If it were a real mess, then maybe, but a car in a driveway???!!!

  • Graham
    July 01, 2010 - 20:12

    Well, well, well... now we see what it's all about. Maintaining or raising property values.
    Funny, I have had a 21 year old, unlicenced but operational vehicle in my driveway for the last 3 years. I guess it's time to drive it into the woods and have a bonfire. I also have a 78 year old, unlicenced vehicle in my garage. Come find me.

  • jojo
    July 01, 2010 - 20:12

    I can't beleive the city is comming down on someone for having a car parked in his driveway ,the city should look at the south side with one of there houses that is falling down ,theses people has a dog tied to the deck at least 16 hours a day the paint is falling of the wooden structure and if there was a fire there the house would burn for days because of the faulty oil tank they had for years .

  • Don
    July 01, 2010 - 20:11

    Some people are under the mistaken impression that they actually own their property but in reality you are only paying for it.The city actually ownes it because they make all these stupid rules.I always thought that you had a basic right to enjoy your property but if a neighbour has a problem with you all he has to do is call and report you to the city and they don't even have to give their name and they can get the city to crucify you.not bad for someone just paying their taxes and trying to survive day to day.time for us citizens to speak up and let these clowns know how we feel.most of us ordinary citizens did not ask them to bring in these stupid by-laws to torture us with.just leave us in peace.

  • Le
    July 01, 2010 - 20:10

    Get off your butt and fix your junk. Unless your property is behind a 8-foot high fence that nobody can see through then keeping a broken automobile in your driveway and crap on your lawn is going to draw the kind of attention you don't want.

    Think the neighbours are being too nosy? TOO BAD.

  • E
    July 01, 2010 - 20:10

    I guess this is where all the money for the city's upkeep of sidewalks and litter clean up is going...court fees. They don't seem to care much that the city is a cesspool of litter and graffiti...spend some money on that, that is where the eyesores are...and neighbors need to pay attention to their own back yard. They say if you can't maintain your property, you should sell it well then I guess it goes both ways, if you don't like your neighbor and what their property looks like, sell your house and get away from it....you are the one with the problem. Jeez a person can't even have any semblance of peace on property they bought and paid for...maybe the city should start paying the mortgage if they want to act like they own the property. I don't care what my neighbor does in his yard, it is marring the look of his house not mine. Just because you might look out the window and God forbid see it...big deal. I really wish people would stop interfering in other people's lives and stop being so nosy and judgmental...and creating rules that make people miserable for the short time we have on this earth....people spend too much time on how they and and their property looks...for God sake there are so many much bigger things to worry about...I feel sad for them because life is too short and they need to spend their time on more important things than worrying what their neighbors yard looks like.

  • Trevor
    July 01, 2010 - 20:03

    What a joke this is. Waste of money and court time. This city is becoming a joke.

  • BayGirl
    July 01, 2010 - 20:02

    They got nothing better to do so they ply dummies and pick on people cause they can. We make rules for them to be followed not abused...im gettin so sick and tired of the crap that town gets on with. Some Glad im not a townie

  • Kevin
    July 01, 2010 - 20:02

    This type of action is long overdue and such bylaw's should be put in place in the outports, as well. It seems like generations of the same people collect old cars and keep them around their property. An absolute eyesore. Too bad that you have to legislate keeping properties from looking like a third world country.

    I guess you don't have any choice when people don't have enough pride in their properties to keep them up and looking decent and lack of concern for their neighbours properties.

  • Jack
    July 01, 2010 - 20:02

    I think what John Delacey should do is take the City of St. John's to provincial and appellate courts to challenge this silly bylaw and for telling him what to do on his property.

    Where he parks vehicles on his property is absolutely none of the City of St. John's business, its his business whether the city and Mr. Blackmore like it or not.

    Because St. John's and Halifax Regional Municipality are starting to sound alike with their outdated and anti-quated bylaws not in touch with today's reality and lack common sense, perhaps these two cities have a strange alliance in putting these cities into the dark age. Guess who pays the price for council and bylaw foolishness? These cities.

    Earth to St. John's, where people park on their property is none of your business.

    Stay out of our houses St. John's and start focusing on more serious issues instead of tying up the courts.

  • Sihacpunjacpinnawong
    July 01, 2010 - 19:58

    Newfies crack me up, you guys leave Newfieland with all ur claims of the best hospitality, and the friendliest people....ya right...then you read this stuff? There are ways this guy can get back at his neighbors. Just gotta be creative, cause chances are he knows who they are. I'd walk the neighborhood each night with pen and notepad and do some investigation myself, I mean get petty, his neighbors did. Thats the true Newfieland spirit....out west us Newfies have a saying...only a Newfie will cut another Newfies throat...and that proves right in this case as well.

  • Stan
    July 01, 2010 - 19:56

    Le Chic from NL writes: Get off your butt and fix your junk. Unless your property is behind a 8-foot high fence that nobody can see through then keeping a broken automobile in your driveway and crap on your lawn is going to draw the kind of attention you don't want.

    Think the neighbours are being too nosy? TOO BAD.

    ----Maybe this world would be a better place if people focused more on their own lives and buisnesses rather than worrying about things that have absolutely nothing to do with them. There's something missing from ones own life if one needs to waste time watching what other people are doing and forcing your lifestyle and opinions down everybody's throat. I know persons that are like this and all they do is put immense strain on every relationship that they form. To each his/her own really speaks volumes (as long as it isn't impeding on another persons safety and well-being - and that doesn't include looking out the window and seeing a non-pretty landscape on the other side). Next time you decide to provide unrequested opinions and have unnecessary emotions towards someone else's lifestyle, read a book, solve a puzzle, do some cleaning in your own house/room/yard, but don't try to ruin someone else's day simply because you haven't been paid enough attention today.

  • Dingo
    July 01, 2010 - 19:56

    I don't mean to pick on Shea Heights or Blackhead. I love the people there and the area but there are cars and trucks scrapped in almost every yard and driveway. I really dont care what somebody does on their property. They are paying taxes same as all of us in this Clown Town. It is a matter of time before some little puppet in a green car goes up and gives out violations. Nothing more than a tax grab.

  • Lori
    July 01, 2010 - 19:50

    What's the process that you have to go through to get a car moved? My daughter has a car parked next to her downtown house for well over a year. Because it isn't her land she was told there was nothing the city could do! What a bunch of slack asses there are working in that city office! What ever their mood is that day is what they'll do for you.

  • crackie
    July 01, 2010 - 19:50

    My slum owner neighbour never cut his grass & it grew 4ft high- could have had a couple of goats fed all summer. All it did was breed mice. He wouldn't cut it so the City had to & then charged it to his taxes- which he never paid. So now the house is coming down because the roof is off- another piece came off during Christmas- the mould is throughout, the electric & plumbing are gone, floors rotted etc etc. There are reasons for these by-laws & the City doesn't do enough cracking down because it costs too much to take it to court. So it has to get to extremes before things are done.

  • E
    July 01, 2010 - 19:48

    Le Chic, it would be a different story is someone was being nosy in your back yard!

  • benjamin
    July 01, 2010 - 19:47

    I would say that Mr. Delaney has some terrible neighbors! just another indication of how cold this city can be sometimes. what harm was this car to others? if he had two cars next to is scrapped for parts, it would be a different story. St Johns is a cold hearted city filled with cold hearted people..Nuff Said!

  • Angry
    July 01, 2010 - 19:46

    Well said Stan, This world would be a better place if people focused more on their own lives and buisnesses rather than worrying about things that have absolutely nothing to do with them. Sad thing is, this will never happen. I actually think that this type of personality is genetic, or at least is easily passed on to children. Usually, when I meet a person with this attitude, their family is exactly the same way. They feel that it is their duty to **** with people as much as they possibly can - and they actually get a sense of accomplishment when they do. And it's usually the so called high class that have this smug personality (or at least they think they are high class). I think its a whole lot of prejudice mixed with some instigative intuition and a pinch of pure evil!

  • Willie
    July 01, 2010 - 19:45

    I don't mind him having his car up on blocks in his driveway at all. Down here, I have a teepee hoist set up in my driveway for removing car motors like 318's. Nobody says nothing about that down here. Too many foolish rules in town.

    Willie Hunt
    Pouch Cove NL

  • Bones II
    July 01, 2010 - 19:44

    So why wasn't the charge for not having a clean lawn or for having car parts strewn about if that was the problem? Blackmore says so himself that the car didn't warrant further action. Other issues were the problem, the car was what Blackmore said it was - in need of a sticker and a small repair. Digressing from the story, St. John's won't have any trouble paying the firefighter raises and retroactive payments while they're gouging their own residents like this, lol. Prepare yourselves people, the city need your money.

  • what a bunch
    July 01, 2010 - 19:44

    The City of St Johns needs to look at their city owned property before judging anyone elses rundown looking homes...anyone ever look at city housing on Carters Hill???What dumps... at least from the outside!!Pot calling the kettle black!!!

  • Chuck
    July 01, 2010 - 19:43

    If the car has four wheels on it, and is not an eyesore, what's the problem? I guess this applies to people who have a vehicle that is for sale and park it on their property. If they are not using the car, they should be ticketed and forced to move the car. How STUPID is the council of St. John's???