Residents of Silent Rain Drive, led by Bridget Weyer, ganged up on neighbor Jean Raubolt in Colorado Springs Municipal Court on Monday hoping to silence her after years of nitpicking them with complaints about their lawns, their children, their noise.
But the gang learned the opinion of one Colorado Springs Police Officer outweighed the opinions of 10 neighbors. A noise complaint initiated by Raubolt against Weyer over music played at a Saturday night barbecue was upheld and Weyer was fined $70.
Weyer and Raubolt live side-by-side in Silent Rain. Here is a photo of their homes and a map of their neighborhood.
The neighbors are not giving up. They intend to seek a meeting with police to find a strategy that will end what they consider harassment by Raubolt.
Also in court recently was Antonio Villa, a 76-year-old accountant who was cited for contempt of court for refusing to remove illegal additions to his home on South Circle Drive. Here is an aerial photo of Villa’s home and the additions.
City building officials say the additions were poorly designed and constructed and were dangerous. They violated setback rules, obstructed utility lines and even illegally tapped into a neighbors sewer.
In addition, the city ordered Villa to move his accounting practice out of his home and into a commercial office. Here are photos of Villa’s home and the office addition.
In June, a judge gave Villa until July 30 to remove the office. City officals say Villa waited until July 29 to hire someone to demolish the office. But the demolition – done without a city permit – did not remove the floor or foundation and prompted the judge to sentence Villa to 90 days in jail.
But the judge suspended the sentence until Sept. 30, effectively giving Villa another month to finish the demolition. Here are a couple more views of the property as it looked in July prior to demolition.
Villa again promised to finish the job. Then he surprised city officials by announcing he would immediately start rebuilding his office. In fact, Villa said he plans to move his office back into his home on Sept. 19.
Of course, it was the existence of the unlicensed home office which started all Villa’s troubles. Neighbors complained about the traffic and Villa was ordered to move it.
Both of these stories are far from being over.