I used to really like the city I live in, and not all love is lost. The people around here are generally okay. Like any other larger city most people are just too busy going about their business, but everyone is definitely considerate to each other and for at least most parts of Thornton I like to think that violent crime is not an issue. What does such a peaceful place have to do to get me to dislike them? How about mis-treating their citizens by infringing on their rights! hear me out:
Thornton has really pushed the envelope of controlling how the homes throughout the city are kept. I can definitely understand the argument of keeping a clean and beautiful city, and most city ordinances implemented do make sense. However, what does NOT make sense is the city code that covers vehicles and parking them within the city.
For those who follow my blog my recall me mentioning something about code enforcement coming to my house previously. What seems to be the issue every time? The fact that there are complete cars parked in my driveway, that are movable, but are somehow illegal just because they aren’t registered with the city. I actually read the city code that was being charged against me, and after re-reading the code several times it established that “All vehicles parked within the city [at any given time] are illegal except for the following subsections:” and the sub sections said “Abandoned Vehicles, expired plates, etc etc.” .. Now. I’m no English major, but that means that it’s LEGAL to actually abandon a car in the city, and other cars which would actually be legitimate are ILLEGAL.
I went down to the city building with a printed copy of the above and compared with his, and it was the same. When I pointed out the paperwork provided cites this specific ordinance, and is thereby fraudulent as a result, the reply I received was “There are other ordinances that cover unlicensed vehicles on property and I will still be given the authority to remove it from your property.” .. It was quite a shock that basically regardless of the paperwork, he can come onto my driveway and remove the vehicle from the property in the first place. Just to ram it up someone’s ass a little bit further, they put a lean against the property for the cost of the cleanup. That’s right: The city comes and illegally takes the car from your property, using a local tow company, and then PUTS A LEIN AGAINST YOUR HOUSE FOR THE COST TO STEAL IT!
Naysayers and others hold your breath. Maybe there is some legitimacy to their situation, I most certainly would not rant about such a thing unfounded. I did research. Here’s what I found:
Fact #1: There is a basic structure in the common law framework (provided by the constitution) that allows citizens for the basic RIGHT TO TRAVEL. This was generally written to allow you the right to transport your personal belongings as appropriate and safely. The city or state cannot impose any method that prevents such free mobility, like a tax, so long as it’s not for a purpose related to commerce. (eg. working, work-related, buying or selling.) The Amish can use their horses and carriages on the roads without registration. If they started to use cars, I’m sure they still wouldn’t need to bother.
I have seen more than two dozen court cases in regards to people that have be ticketed whilst traveling ruling in the defendants favor. There is a boatload of websites that touch on this very issue:
So if it’s legal to move private property from one place to another, including unregistered vehicles, than why is it illegal to keep an unregistered vehicle on the property? Well, lets look at why we register our vehicles in the first place:
It is widely known in Colorado that the income from vehicle registration and sales is put towards maintaining Colorado’s road and bridges. This makes complete sense, Colorado has implemented a “Road use tax system”
When looking at our “Road use tax” in the context of parked cars on private property that aren’t unsightly, but just aren’t registered we can see the issue at hand. Why should one be required to pay a road use tax on a vehicle that doesn’t use the roads?
This basically boils down to any law or ordinance imposing such a thing allows a tax to be falsely collected. A classic case of “Taxation without representation.”
Q: What happens when you want to save money on your 2nd car by parking it in your driveway and let the plates expire?
A: The city removes the car from your private driveway for not paying your road use tax on the vehicle you don’t use. You receive a several hundred dollar bill for it later if you cannot afford to get the car back, you’ll likely lose your property or house.
I will be writing something and presenting it to the City Council, since every member of the code enforcement that reviewed my case said that there was nothing they could do for me unless I talked to the “high council”.
I do NOT have an HOA, why does the city attempt to fill the gap to the point that it will overstep Its boundaries? This is not okay.
It almost feels like the city is controlling the outward appearance of everyone’s personal property and life style. The neighboring city of Northglenn will actually harass their residents about what shade of green their lawn is. (at least it’s green in the first damn place!) At what point will it stop? Are we going to see ordinances that don’t allow houses to be painted certain colors?
Abandoned is not in-operable, and in-operable is certainly different from un-registered.
What prompted me to write this?
It is bulk trash month here in Thornton. How this basically works is you’re allowed to set out appliances, tree branches, electronics, etc. The city will come by with large trucks and haul it away for free. They only give you a weekend to get stuff out to the curb. In the past generally people have put stuff out a week in advance because it’s easier to work over a slightly longer period of time, or have time to work around the weather.
We had a nice weekend the week before, and several neighbors started setting stuff out and we had some time and followed suit. A couple of days later, (yesterday or the day before) code enforcement shows up and writes up all five homes for putting stuff out early. They gave 7 days to clear up the mess, by which point it will be “legal” to put the stuff on the curb so we aren’t really required to remove the objects anyways. All of this because someone complained. What good did it do? None. Nobody had to clean up their mess.
Once code enforcement was done handling the situation, they then proceed to take pictures of my neighbors Subaru parked across the street. I’m not sure if the tags are expired, but I do know it is in disrepair and he is struggling to make ends meet. Once again someone who is trying to save money is about to fall into a cyclic abuse cycle from the city, until the road use tax is paid for his parked car. When I talk to him I will let everyone know the outcome.
Why kick someone when they are down? What harm is someone doing to another by parking a car in their driveway until they can afford to fix it, or drive it again?
What if someone lost their job and they could only afford to take the bus places, but wanted to save up and register their car again at a later date? The annual cost of storing a car easily matches registration and insurance, leaving little recourse other than parking it at their residence and hoping for the best. What if they didn’t have a garage? The city will just solve the problem without the owner’s consent, and then foot them the bill.
- City Council should be embarrassed and ashamed for perpetuating such fraud.
- Code Enforcement should feel guilty for taking people’s livelihood right from their private driveways. Keeping a city beautiful should not only be aesthetic but also moral.
- People who have this problem in their own cities should consider presenting the case to city council to have it changed.
- Consider a class action civil right suit
Here are a couple of YouTube video related to Traveling: