Long-time Brookings business owner Rick Bishop said he is upset with the city of Brookings, and more specifically the Brookings Public Works Department.
The auto dealership owner feels the city is singling him out for a long-standing abatement issue.
“The city is picking on me for illegal storage of vehicles, violation for erecting storage buildings, and impeding drainage on city right-of- way because I’m drawing attention to this area of downtown," Bishop said.
Bishop denies his properties or his actions have caused the drainage issues.
The storage buildings in question are located on a vacant lot on Fern Street owned by Bishop.
“I want to work with my city in allocating urban renewal dollars in downtown to correct flooding issues on Hemlock Street," he said. "I’ve met with Mayor (Ron) Hedenskog for six months, asking the city of Brookings to correct broken sidewalks caused by the flooding on Hemlock. I believe the problems have resulted from poor drainage on the city right-of-way. The two issues are conflated because a neighbor on Fern Street has and continues to complain to the city about my storage buildings. I was given permission by the city back in 2021 to erect those buildings.”
City Public Works and Development Services Director Tony Baron has issued an abatement order to remove all vehicles and the storage containers in a letter sent Bishop, February 23.
The order states the abatement has been stayed for 30 days.
“The City of Brookings received a formal complaint from a neighbor that he (Bishop) was violating the Brookings Municipal Code on his (Bishop) lot at 315 Fern Avenue." Public Works Director Baron said. "The city researched the complaint and issued the abatement, requiring him to bring the property into compliance.”
Bishop expressed his frustration the city of Brookings is not holding the same standard to other commercial operations I’m violation and holding a different level of enforcement for his properties.
“Please fix my curbs and sidewalks as you promised. All I want is to be treated fairly,” says Bishop.
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