Giant Mutant Cockroaches Invade Historic Monroe Michigan Neighborhood?

Persons unknown and considered unidentifiable at the scene for unknown reasons


     This property was discussed at the council meeting last evening on July 24, 2005.  The neighbors alleged that this structure at 217 Adams was infested with large cockroaches that were spreading into neighborhood homes posing a serious health problem.  The roaches are so large they are thought to be mutant or hybrid cockroaches.

     At this time, Monroe no longer had a building department.  Building Official David Zinner was fired in a brutal establishing of new ideas by the new council and Mayor who took office in 2004.  Thus a professional building department was replaced with a kinder gentler developer services department Ben Tallerico also known as the development services department. Kinder gentler does not equate to more effective.

    The following is solely the webkeeper's observation and opinion.  Many of us learn on the  job.  For example, our head zoning Official, Benjamin J. Tallerico earned his Ph.D. Political Science Urban Politics,Wayne State University, and Detroit, Michigan while working for the City of Monroe.  Under his leadership, the Department of Planning and Building were combined with the rational that the community would be better served.  The new department was named Development Services.

     However, some soon nicknamed his department the department of Developer Services because staff recommendations on lot splits that were entirely self serving to the developer applicants were recommended for approval with no showing of hardship as required by law.   Here, in the writer's opinion, Tallerico's political science and urban politics training started to become obvious and started to shine. 

     Thanks to the recommendations of the Fire Marshall and Director of Engineering, some developer schemes were thwarted.  When lawful corrections to the zoning map were needed to keep development in line with lot sizes and road access as well as pressure on the existing and foreseeable infrastructure all the citizens got was lip service and no action.

     Many citizens made it plain in vocal public meetings that they would move out of the city and into the surrounding townships if the slide of the quality of life in their neighborhoods degraded further due to high taxation and an ever increasing problem with rental properties.  Ben did a good job, in the writer’s opinion in proving that his position was not needed.  In deeded, when he resigned, he was not replaced.  Pat Lewis, the Director of Engineering was assigned the planning function.

     Person unknown and considered unidentifiable at the scene for unknown reasons.  In duct tape, we trust.  Note this property adjoins that of the flour Milling Company that processes grain into baking products—Ugh!  




Wow! See How They Run!

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Persons unknown and considered unidentifiable at the scene for unknown reasons



     Historic home for sale with the chance that its value will increase if the cockroach problem can be dealt with the police powers of the Government.  Our head zoning Official, Benjamin J. Tallerico is an inexperienced planner and we have no plan.


We Get Mail:

From: Deanna Pazder []
Sent: Monday, June 22, 2009 5:39 PM
Subject: You have a way with words!

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Hi David......just read your article about the Cockroaches & the "rest of the story"....
LOVED IT........can tell that you see things as they are.....with your eyes wide open
When it comes to City Government and with a sense of humor also.
We used to live in Michigan & most of the family is still there....have been to
 Monroe so checking out some facts when
I noticed your living in Texas where cockroaches can be a problem
Made me curious so had to check it out.  Hope the problem was solved eventually.
Keep up the great writing!!
Sincerely, (Mrs) Deanna Pazder, Montgomery, TX

Hi Deanna;

Thanks do much.  No one in local government appreciates my approach to problems.  I am a tooling engineer with several reference books in print so I took my approach from my trade.  I thought we could just gas the house with cyanide but no one was sure if the Humane Society would allow my method and the bird people might notice that birds landing on the roof fall off dead for the first several days.  After a week it is safe to air out carefully

I love working in Texas and arrange for the loan of a Chevy pickup with one side of the bumper wired on a couple of bales of straw and a dog.  A gun rack with a Mouser K98 rifle adds a nice touch.

I was caught driving too fast in Johnson County by the state police so I sent a money order to Betty Styles JP for $65.50.  It seems that any crime costs $65.50. The officer tipped his hat and said you all drive safe now.

The good news is that Ben has left our community and is vexing other cities with his problem handling skills.

David Alkire Smith

     Another historic home for sale with the chance that its value will increase if the cockroach problem can be dealt with the police powers of the city and county department of health.


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MONDAY, JULY 18, 2005

Regular meeting of the City Council of the City of Monroe, Michigan held on Monday, July 18, 2005 at 7:30 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers.

Present:  Council Members Compora, Edwards, Guyor, Wetzel, Burkett, Sabo and Mayor Iacoangeli.

Charles D. Evans, City Clerk-Treasurer gave the invocation.

Mayor Iacoangeli led the pledge of allegiance to the flag.

Web Keeper's Note

We move ahead in the agenda to a citizen bringing a plastic Zip Lock ® ™ bag filled with giant cockroaches to the city council members for a show and tell session. To wit:

Sandy Mason, 223 Adams Street, expressed her concern to the Mayor and City Council regarding the oriental cockroach problem in her neighborhood, specifically 217 Adams Street, where the cockroaches are originating.

Ben Tallerico, Director of Development Services commented on the City’s effort to correct this problem.

Councilwoman Compora stated to Ms. Mason that no one on the council would object to helping her with her problem and they would do anything they could to help her.

Mayor Iacoangeli explained that a meeting was held in his office on Friday to go over the situation and the directive was the City would do everything they could do as aggressively as they could in order to remedy the situation.

Councilwoman Edwards asked how or why the City let it get this far without condemning the house because it is a health hazard.

Ben Tallerico, Director of Development Services explained that structurally the property is not condemnable.

Councilwoman Edwards stated that she has known properties to be condemned based on filth and the hazardous conditions.

Mayor Iacoangeli recommended that Ben Tallerico contact a pest control company and have them inspect the property in question.

David Sisco, 228 Adams Street, was concerned when the dumpster was pulled out, where the cockroaches would go.  He felt before the dumpster was moved, the City should put up barriers on other properties in the area to keep the pests from spreading.

Deb Grabetz, 423 W. Front Street, stated a couple of years ago Social Services did remove the occupant from the home, so they were aware of the situation and all of this could have been avoided.  She is also concerned about the spreading of these cockroaches.

Gunner Ross, 503 W. Front Street, expressed his concern about the situation and offered to assist in any way the city thought he could help.

David Smith, 530 Hollywood Drive, was concerned about the chemicals that would be used and suggested different remedies

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As of July 30, 2005 what has happened is anyone's guess.

Full Text of Council Meeting

    Our City Government can react to perceived problems in strange ways. The full time City Attorney called The Assistant City Attorney main duty is ordinance enforcement and prosecution of cases related thereto in court if need be. The Web Maintainer's view is that on occasion bringing in an outside attorney to offer a legal opinion that the full time or Assistant Attorney might have a hard time explaining with a straight face is wise.

    In fairness to the legal profession, city attorneys are called upon to defend actions of the police power of government and a defendant’s attorney may contest the application of police power where there are claims that policing authority may be misapplied at the whim of elected or appointed officials.  

     Since some elected and appointed officials may wish to stifle dissent our legal advisors are left to explain how their employers may do things that seem silly to a layperson at the law. Therefore, a look at how we got the first ten amendments to our ConstitutionThe Bill of Rights is in order.  The proposed change to an agreement with the Downtown Merchants smacks of stifling freedom of speech.  This venerable document perhaps can be revised with the wording City of Monroe, Michigan substituted for The United States of Federal Government etc.

    This would fit in nicely with the proposed distracted driver act proposed to stop crimes against humanity such as coffee drinking, the use of in dash video navigation aids, electronic dashboards using video technology, as well as the GM heads up navigation system aids etc. while driving.

   NOTE: The Chief of Police explained that he already had the state careless driving offence law with which to charge persons who drive carelessly no matter what the cause.  Thus the distracted driving ordinance was not needed.  The Mayor and Council wisely forgot the whole idea.

      New technology scares or even outrages those who are set in their ways or perhaps cannot afford or figure out safe ways to use new a technology to their advantage.  An example of this is how we got the 20 ampere old hour rating for automotive batteries.  This was a needed descriptor because the new horseless carriages were deemed to need illuminated parking lights on when parked along the streets of many towns at night.

The Sedition Act of 1798

          An Act in addition to the act, entitled "An act for the punishment of certain crimes against the United States. "

          SEC. I Be it enacted . . ., That if any persons shall unlawfully combine or conspire together, with intent to oppose any measure or measures of the government of the United States, which are or shall be directed by proper authority, or to impede the operation of any law of the United States, or to intimidate or prevent any person holding a place or office in or under the government of the United States, from undertaking, performing or executing his trust or duty; and if any person or persons, with intent as aforesaid, shall counsel, advise or attempt to procure any insurrection, riot. unlawful assembly, or combination, whether such conspiracy, threatening, counsel, advice, or attempt shall have the proposed effect or not, he or they shall be deemed guilty of a high misdemeanor, and on conviction, before any court of the United States having jurisdiction thereof, shall be punished by a fine not exceeding five thousand dollars, and by imprisonment during a term not less than six months nor exceeding five years; and further, at the discretion of the court may be holden to find sureties for his good behaviour in such sum, and for such time, as the said court may direct.

          SEC. 2. That if any person shall write, print, utter. Or publish, or shall cause or procure to be written, printed, uttered or published, or shall knowingly and willingly assist or aid in writing, printing, uttering or publishing any false, scandalous and malicious writing or writings against the government of the United States, or either house of the Congress of the United States, or the President of the United States, with intent to defame the said government, or either house of the said Congress, or the said President, or to bring them. or either of them, into contempt or disrepute; or to excite against them, or either or any of them, the hatred of the good people of the United States, or to excite any unlawful combinations therein, for opposing or resisting any law of the United States, or any act of the President of the United States, done in pursuance of any such law, or of the powers in him vested by the constitution of the United States, or to resist, oppose, or defeat any such law or act, or to aid, encourage or abet any hostile designs of any foreign nation against the United States, their people or government, then such person, being thereof convicted before any court of the United States having jurisdiction thereof, shall be punished by a fine not exceeding two thousand dollars, and by imprisonment not exceeding two years.

          SEC. 3. That if any person shall be prosecuted under this act, for the writing or publishing any libel aforesaid, it shall be lawful for the defendant, upon the trial of the cause, to give in evidence in his defence, the truth of the matter contained in the publication charged as a libel. And the jury who shall try the cause, shall have a right to determine the law and the fact, under the direction of the court, as in other cases.

          SEC. 4. That this act shall continue to be in force until March 3, 1801, and no longer....

NOTICE DISCLAIMER:  All of the information herein is based on your web keeper's verbal understanding of what has transpired this week at City Hall and on Adams Street and is only an opinion.

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