A Webster Groves public hearing on the revocation of T. Carder Lawn Care's home-based business license has its attorney puzzled.
The hearing was originally scheduled for May 29. However, during an administrative hearing tribunal teleconference on Friday, the Webster Groves City Council agreed to postpone the hearing until the second or third week of July.
"I was rather surprised to learn that there was going to be a public hearing," said Pete Woods, an attorney representing the business at 336 Oak Tree Drive. "Normally, you try to work things out if there is a complaint — there's no public hearing. She hasn't been contacted by the city for the last two-and-a-half years."
Mike Harney, the city's building commissioner, told Patch that since 2001, the city has received eight complaints regarding storage and use of equipment, employees coming to the site and noise regarding the business. Some were identified as violations and cited, he said. Others were unfounded.
Woods said the more recent complaints were initiated by neighbors who are unhappy that she has built a two-story garage on her property. He told Patch that one neighbor actually has a 24-hour surveillance camera pointed at Carder's back door to catch people coming in and out of her house.
"It's an obtrusive violation of the privacy of her and her family," Woods said.
Carder also recently bought a home across the street from hers which she is rehabbing and uses to store equipment, Woods said. Carder's properties are all in compliance with the city's zoning regulations.
Woods said he expected to get copies of the complaints this week. Tomorrow on Patch, we'll hear from some of Carder's neighbors.
Editor's note: Woods said the equipment stored at the home Carder is rehabbing has been used to work on the building as it has been renovated. He said it is not lawn care equipment. Woods also said that he was speculating about the reasons why the neighbors were complaining.