Mayor's Morning to discuss code enforcement

Early risers and concerned citizens can express concerns, ask questions and get updates on town goings-on at this month's Morning with the Mayor breakfast. This month's meeting will focus on code enforcement and Code Enforcement Officer Dave Casteel will be on hand to discuss enforcement specifics.

Morning with the Mayor is a program held on the first Friday of the month at Father Nature's Restaurant (172 E. Prospect Ave). September's subject is one of several topics discussed at the monthly meeting, which as also featured discussions on public saftey and recreation.

"This is the opportunity if residents have concerns…to contact me," said Casteel, who will give an overview of what code enforcement is. "I'm here to enforce the regulations to preserve the character of Danville and the safety of it."

According to the town website, code enforcement officers are responsible for eliminating nuisance, health or safety violations, enforcing zoning laws and building code violations. Code Enforcement works with other branches of town government as well as county departments and special districts to educate and enforce regulations.

"I probably deal with 2,000 citizen contacts a year and have roughly 200 cases a year," Casteel said.

The September event will be held on Friday, Sept. 2 from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Those unable to attend the program can view a recording on the town of Danville website.


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Posted by Ralph N. Shirlet
a resident of another community
on Aug 31, 2011 at 7:14 pm

Dear Editor,

The issue is crimes against the residents of our region created by approval of the Magee Ranch and Weber Ranch developments that will clog and disperse volumes of traffic regionally from Diablo Road. The concern is an appointed council member further appointed as mayor without real concern for Danville residents and our regional voters.

Does anyone recall a recall that occurred for a similar reason?

Of Ralph simply smiling

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Posted by Concerned in Danville
a resident of Danville
on Sep 1, 2011 at 8:43 am

If you are concerned about the proposed Summerhill development of Magee Ranch, please come to Friday morning's meeting. And it will be great that an expert on zoning issues and safety will be there since the Summerhill project requires massive rezoning that will create more safety issue for residents all along Diablo Road. Let's make our voices heard!

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Posted by concerned citizen
a resident of Diablo
on Sep 1, 2011 at 9:00 am

Ralph, I appreciate your vigilance in protecting our community. Although I am not a resident of Danville, we in Diablo obviously share a great community of interest with everyone in Danville! I plan to attend the meeting to discuss how we can protect the Diablo Road corridor from additional development that would threaten our safety and quality of life.

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Posted by Annoyed
a resident of Greenbrook Elementary School
on Sep 1, 2011 at 11:44 am

For starters the Danville Code Enforcement Officer could check the house at the corner of Greenbrook Drive and Harlan drive. There are at least a 1/2 dozen code violations without
even looking twice.

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Posted by Cindy
a resident of Danville
on Sep 1, 2011 at 2:28 pm

Then tell them to head over to Old Farm Rd, and Barton Court....Who allowed that MESS of a design. Take care of Danville Please. Once it's gone, it will never be the same!

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Posted by Derek
a resident of Danville
on Sep 1, 2011 at 2:49 pm

I must agree with Ralph. There are far too many major injustices (many of which involve our council kowtowing to developers) for us to worry over Joe Shmoe nailing trellis board to the top of his fence - a so called violation that David occasionally tries to take action upon. Yes, it's a fact that he has actually done this. Sure, Mr. Casteel is often forced to follow up on whiners who have little better to do than spy on their neighbors, and in my experience David's a nice enough young lad. Even so, citizens need to be well informed about the limits of Danville's power, and that of all city code enforcement entities.
There are may rules and "laws" on city books that are not remotely enforceable in court, and which no court would ever take as cases. Cities like Danville count on your ignorance. And they do something far worse, specifically the presumption of your guilt on a code violation when in fact the burden of proof is still 100% theirs.
Stand your ground when the code boys come around people, and do not EVER take what they say as a certainty. One of David's former cohorts, Victor Morrison, was just astonishingly wrong on many of his assertions with contractors that we know - and they proved him wrong after losing time and money over his lack of knowledge. You don't want to put your house title status in jeopardy, but do not be so scared of these people that you run downtown every time you want to nail two porch steps onto your house.

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Posted by Derek
a resident of Danville
on Sep 1, 2011 at 2:58 pm

Oops - that should read "maNy rules and laws".
One last detail, and this is an important one:
You are never, ever obligated to allow city employees onto your property, unless they are accompanied by a police officer and a search warranty. Remember this!

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Posted by Ralph N. Shirlet
a resident of another community
on Sep 2, 2011 at 9:49 am

Dear Editor,

In great humor, e-exchanges received this note, "The Danville Goverment is not only in another time zone, but speaks another language as if a code to be enforced on Danville's residents."

Reportedly, the coffee was quite good, but the breakdown of relationships between Danville government and town residents remains. Government appears to claim the authority that belongs to the people of Danville which makes the current goverment obsolete among Danville neighborhoods.

"And a fun time was had by all!"

The ROFL in Ralph N. Shirlet

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