We had a visit to our home last week from a man named Jim Cassel who is the florence building inspector. He was at my home to report a complaint about a truck parked on the road. The complaint was that the truck seemed to be broke and needed to be moved. This truck (81 ford mud truck) belongs to a relative who is from out of town visiting me. I know for a fact that the vehicle is 100% functional and is used quite often. Additionally, I am not aware of any ordinance that is being violated with the city of Florence nor is there a justifiable reason for this inquiry which personally I find insulting since this is a close family member who came here for the birth of my daughter. I am actually embarrassed that they had to receive such a negative reception from our cities representitives not to mention Jim Cassel speaking directly to a minor concerning this alleged complaint, and never once speaking or asking to speak with the owner of the home nor an adult. It was also pointed out that Jim had stated that the vehicle doesn't fit into this neighborhood (Heathrow Subdivision) so I would like to know, what exactly does "fit into this neighborhood", because he did mention if it were a newer model vehicle that it could be parked on the side of the road.
Considering I am a business owner who employs twenty five people in this community, I am seriously wondering how our local government portrays its communities, not to mention the fact that his representation of our local government is very likely out of line with how this should have been handled, not to mention this alledged complaint from some neighbor(s) could have been handled directly with myself (the homeowner). I have not had a single person approach me in my neighborhood about this and would have thought if there was a complaint, a respectable neighbor would have taken the initiative to directly approach me about this. Perhaps Jim Cassel could enlighten me as to which neighbor has a potential complaint so I can address this with them directly in a considerate manor and not the cold reception that my family members received from the muncipal office.
So in closing I would like to thank the city of Florence, and Jim Cassel for demonstrating what a wonderfully unprofessional, prejudice and judgemental representation of our local government and how the city of Florence handles itself with its residents. Next time I have relatives or out of state customers who visit our community, how our government is and that they should park in the yard so they fit in with our discriminating local government.