Dear Mr. Lockwood,
Thank you very much for your recent letter regarding compliance with
County guidlines pertaining to solid waste storage and removal. (Case
In accordance with your suggestions, I have carefully reviewed a
number of the applicable county statutes and ordinances. Also, in order
to address your concerns in the most comprehensive manner possible, I
have consulted with officials in several state offices, including the
Department of Motor Vehicles, and with representatives of the US
Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Homeland Security,
the Department Of Transportation, and the US Customs service, among others.
As you explained, the alleged violations on your property are not
exactly what they might appear to a casual or uninformed observer.
A. According to the State Department of Motor Vehicles and the US
Department of Transportation, a motor vehicle is defined as "a vehicle
with a motor." Since your truck does not currently qualify as such, you
are quite correct in your assertion that the orginal complaint was
improper. However, in its current state, the truck may qualify,
according to EPA definitions, as a "solid materials retention site."
This qualification typically applies to any collection of "metals,
plastics, textiles, or any combination thereof, exceeding a gross mass
of 100 Kg, and stored in proximity to residential or commercial
buildings, public gathering areas, or industrial sites which lack the
licenses appropriate for such storage." Since you've made it clear that
you understand both the letter and the intent of the applicable codes
and regulations, I've assured the local office of the EPA that you will
be sending copies of your licences, quality control manuals for solid
matter storage and disposal, and also the appropriate certifications and
credentials for your firm's safety and environmental affairs officers,
at your earliest convenience. For your reference, the EPA case number
is 05-122C-90096. The case file will be considered unresolved, pending
investigation, until your documents have been received.
You should also be aware that the local fire department will recieve
a copy of all entries to the EPA file. Given the tone of your letter,
however, I'm sure that your fire-fighting equipment, training of
personnel, and emergency preparedness plans, are all in good order, and
have been properly registered and approved in advance. As soon as the
local fire officials have verified your registrations and certificates,
they'll be able to perform the legally mandated on-site inspections.
Also, just to be as helpful as I can, I would respectfully suggest
that you contact your accountant or tax advisor, to discuss the
possibility that the repairs you're making to the truck might affect its
value as an item of taxable personal property, its status as a
depreciable piece of industrial equipment, or both.
The repairs to the truck, of course, fall under the jurisdiction of
the State Department of Licenses and Inspections, which, if I understand
their guidlines correctly, requires that repairs exceeding certain
levels of cost, complexity, or duration, be performed only by a licenced
automotive technician. Since the removal and replacement of an engine
seems clearly to be a very major repair, I've asked an acquaintance at
L&I to look up your license, and to confirm that it's current and in
good standing. That way, it won't be necessary for them to open a case
file or investigate a violation that I'm sure you'd never be guilty of.
The only other matter concerning the truck will be for the regional
office of the EPA to verify, probably with an on-site inspection that
won't take more than two or three days, that you've followed all
applicable rules and guidelines for collection, storage, and/or disposal
of potentially hazzardous materials produced by your disassembly of the
truck, and your removal of its motor. The materials in question will
include, but not be limited to: motor oil, transmission fluid,
refrigerants from the air conditioning system if the truck is so
equipped, anti-freeze or other ethanol-based coolant additives,
nonbiodegradable plastic and rubber parts, any solvents or chemicals
used for cleaning the parts of the truck or engine, cloth or paper
products which may have been used in conjunction with the solvents or
cleaners, and any rainwater which may have come into contact with, mixed
with, or disolved, any of the above, and which was not collected in
approved catch-basins designed and licensed for that purpose and
operated according to EPA guidelines.
I'm sure, based on your letter to me, that you routinely take all
necessary precautions. The EPA inspectors, when they arrive at your
facility, will very likely be able to save you a great deal of time and
effort if you simply present to them all the applicable permits,
receipts for fees, and certifications from disposal contractors that you
B. Unlike your truck, the tires might actually be a problem. If you'll
please refer to page 14 of this letter...
Or you could just clean up your damned yard, Mr. Lockwood. You
really, REALLY don't want to piss me off right before the holidays.
J. M. Trejo
Don't bother comparing your "stuff" to the "stuff" others have on their
Government won't care what others do until they figure it out by themselves
or someone complains. Either way, it probably won't change their action
Only exception to this would be previous judgements that were made on
to see why I'm so adept at government and court
proceedings these days... I stopped the log a while back because activity
got too hectic. I spent 15 hours yesterday running around filing papers and
interviewing people physically assaulted by my tenants.
All good advice, and FWIW I have already forwarded a copy to my brother who
is an attorney in order that he may edit my draft...and already I have
recieved an edited copy back--perhaps this evening I may also post it if I
Thanks for your level-headed response--it comes much appreciated.
My brother was driving his normal work truck when suddenly he was
acosted and awarded 1st place in The Ugliest Truck in America; the
others withdrew at first sight, they knew they didn't have a chance.
"John Emm> Why not find out where her office is and stop by and ask her? I'm betting
If she turns out to be a bigger problem, an anonamous tip about a drug
dealer might happen.
.... Unless she has an arab looking friend or customer that Homeland
Security wants to look into ;)
I disagree; a lawyer is more likely to bankrupt you and betray you.
Better to read the law yourself until you know more about it than either
a lawyer or a bureaucrat. It's not as hard as you may think, the
bureaucrats are too lazy to actually read the law, and there are few
decent honest lawyers. Lest lawyers think I am badmouthing them, there
are few decent honest bankers, politicians, clergy, bureaucrats etc.
Used car salesmen are usually better.
On Tue, 6 Dec 2005 10:18:53 -0800, with neither quill nor qualm,
"PrecisionMachinisT" quickly quoth:
Best of luck with your reinspection tour, Sam.
Won't SHE be surprised when her new christmas present turns up?
I wonder what it could be...
"PrecisionMachinisT" wrote: (clip)....the officer informed me she had filed
a total of 3 complaints on that same day. (clip)
Actually, that is good for you. The more she looks like a kook, the more
you look like an innocent victim. From that perspective, Emmo's advice
seems right on target.
A couple years ago my son's repayment schedule got screwed up by the
student loans lender with the result that the total amount became due
NOW. Of course, a collection agency got involved and since he was
living at home, the phone calls came in on the "house" phone. The main
annoying phone person eventually was told not to call any more due to
the harassment to which she was subjected whenever she dialed in at
7:00 AM. A couple latter callers were terminated after they discussed
personal information without verification of the identity of the
person to whom they were speaking. Some of the fun went away once his
loans were retired.
Always appreciate when you can set aside a couple minutes or so to do some
writing for us...here's to hoping work is keeping you exactly as busy as you
like and that everything else is well with your world.
Interestingly enough, I've decided to fully cooperate with
authoritys...really seems a nice enough guy...just that as his public duty
he needs the matter resolved, and so...us working together likely being the
very best course of action--in reality this in effect makes me out as the
"good guy", and the complaining party to be the "troublemaker"...
Probly gonna conduct a records search to see if the woman that is
registering these complaint is in the habit of routinely causing the waste
of taxpayer funds with her frivolous claims...this way the agency will at
least be better able to logically deal with it should the trend continue.
She either owns, is the listing agent for, or plans to list a
property in your immediate area. So of course she's going to get all
the sloppy yards cleaned up (at no cost to her or her clients, of
course, and the city will do all the legwork and take the blame)
before she tries parading potential buyers to that house for the hard
Do some sleuthing, and you might be able to bust her at her own
game. As in, "Gee... Did you pull building permits on all the work
you just did on that house?"