|To the Editor: Person who designed house praises Waltz|
|Written by Rose Toth|
|Wednesday, 29 July 2009 08:47|
I would like to clarify some things in regards to the 919 Clough Street house and the ridiculous fine to Brad Waltz! I designed that house. Prior to Brad, the house belonged to a hoarder with no plumbing or electrical, overgrown yard and a garage filled with trash!
There was 3 people on the lease. Brad's rent was $200 more than the mortgage per month. This was not a get rich quick scheme for Brad, this was an honest, craftsman trying to get into the rental market as a way to provide some additional income. Have you driven by this 4 bedroom, 2100 sq ft house, check out the MLS?
Many are questioning if he cares about the renters and the answer is yes! The renters often sent a thank you in appreciation of such luxury living in college! The parents of these renters were thrilled to meet Brad personally, and Brad attended their graduation parties. This was one rental house! This is one resident improving the neighborhood, eco-friendly products, blown in insulation, energy efficient appliances, landscaped yard!
Brad is the most loyal BG resident I know, he has only invested in Wood County homes that are eyesores in their neighborhood to improve the city he has called home for 41 years! Recently, the Carol Street neighborhood got together to have a party and awarded him with a Certificate of Improvement for helping with their property values and community after improving 1064 Carol!
Before starting any housing renovation, Brad walks the neighborhood, with a letter for each resident, letting them know that he is a BG resident wanting to improve the neighborhood and invites them to visit during the project to check progress!
The residents of Georgetown were thrilled as well to see Brad fixing up their community eyesore. Now to some this may seem like a waste of time, but to Brad, this is important to build these relationships.
So here is the situation, the city finds more cars than they think should be in a 3 car garage, stalk the property, haul in law abiding citizens, harass and lie to them, then start fining Brad and lets him know when the bill hits $45,000, is this an honest way for the city to make money!? Hiding fines from residents and small business owners while they pile up instead of bringing this to the attention of the homeowner!?
So open your minds to the thought that there are small business owners in your neighborhood trying to improve your surroundings that do care about their communities.
Don't believe everything your city says and get involved when you understand the facts and can make a difference. This is what Brad does daily, and I don't agree with everything he does, but I respect him for being a good, caring, honest business man with loads of integrity and pride in his work.
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