I am writing to thank the City of Oakley, and in particular Code Enforcement Officer Bob Downing and Council Member Jim Frazier.
One of my neighbors was a victim of the financial crisis. When they moved out of their house, they left behind assorted household goods strewn about the front yard. They also left several months of household garbage piled up in their side yard, against our common fence. Unfortunately, the rats, flies, and other critters who have found this smorgasbord do not respect the property line.
I called the City of Oakley to find out what can be done about this situation. I had a very pleasant conversation with Bob Downing. He expressed interest and concern, but explained that the City of Oakley has neither the manpower nor the financial resources to maintain abandoned houses.
I completely understand the city’s position, and asked for guidance and direction. Mr. Downing offered to look into it and get back to me, which he did. Mr. Downing was able to identify the owner of the property – a bank, with no contact information. But he didn’t stop there. He located the real estate company that plans to market the house. They confirmed that they will be cleaning the property and preparing it for sale in a couple of weeks.
Bob Downing had even more good news. He told me that Council Member Jim Frazier had put a crew together to do some cleaning around the property while we waited for the real estate company to act. Sure enough, when I got home I saw that the household debris had been removed from the front yard, and the lawn had even been mowed.
I bought my home in Oakley 30 years ago, and have watched it grow and develop. I have always known that Oakley is a special community. The fact that city staff and council heard my plea, and responded, is a prime example of the caring and pride that permeates the Oakley community.
Thank you, Madam Mayor and City Council members for sustaining Oakley’s unique climate and making Oakley a place for families in the heart of the Delta.