3 May 2013 the Winfield Courier published an article which verifies the fact that there is no state law which allows counties to clean up property and send the bill to the landowner.
This is evidenced by their desire to create such a law.
A case in Cowley regarding such action by the County Commissioners and billing the landowner traveled through the judicial system, and the courts finally determined that state law does not give Cowley County - or any county for that matter the power to go onto somebody's land and clean up property.
The Butler County Commissioners did the very same to Mr. Bob Johnson.
After destroying his outbuildings and hauling off the contents that he had stored inside they then destroyed a house he owned which was to be used as a shop, for which he had paid for a permit a year earlier.
They sent him a bill for their efforts. This forced Mr. Johnson to sell his last possession his land for $30,000 and give the money to the county, leaving him a homeless veteran.
All of this was done without the benefit of a state law allowing such action.
So would it be proper to now admit their mistake and refund this illegally acquired $30,000 and return it to Mr. Johnson as Cowley County was forced to do by the Judicial System decisions in their citizen's case?
I believe so. I have been fighting this injustice since it started however no one seemed to share my views and stop this travesty.
Watch the Commission minutes at www.bucoks.com and see if they do the right thing.
Call your Commissioners and ask them to do the right thing, and actually comply with the law!
Malfeasance- Wrongdoing or misconduct especially by a public official. (Removing individuals from office is the penalty if the responsible individuals take actions)
Nonfeasance - Failure to act, failure to do the right thing.
Mrs. Palmer and Mr. Meyers were not a part of this action against Mr. Johnson.
It was spearheaded by Woydziak (of Rose Hill) with Masterson and Wheeler voting to help him.
- Harold Cooper, El Dorado