Monday, February 20, 2017

Bill Yarmovich lives in Ryley, Alberta – he lives alone, and is on pension. “I’m limited to what I get,” Yarmovich said.

Rules have to be obeyed and no one is denying this but as always humanity should come before bureaucratic decisions in my opinion.
This guy is an ordinary senior. He is on pension and can't do much with what money he has.
So he tries to do the work himself.
He gets hurt.
Folks in the village go the bureaucratic way and charge him for work done by others. Sure this is correct to do this.
The house looks cute.
The lawn is painted.
But the man who owned it is leaving.
So in the end the village just got rid of the problem by this route by getting rid of the citizen.

Maybe there could have been a third way?
Maybe we could all have been willing to do the resolution and not retribution route?
The guy is old.
The guy hasn't got a ton of cash.
And the guy takes his time.
So what?
The folks in the village would have helped out and I betcha if they had known they would have come out in full force to end this junk.
Because it is junk.
Treat seniors well.
It's all about family on family day.

If it was not for Ruth Adria and the Elder Advocates of Alberta Society no one would have known.
And this junk would continue.

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Citizens do follow the law as this man was doing but sometimes we need to be kind about the law.



Julie Ali
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He is leaving the village but the house got painted.

A central Alberta man said he’s had to sell his home, after an effort by village officials to improve the look of his house left him with a hefty bill.
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'I just want out': Senior in Ryley, Alta. sells home to cover cost of painting it

Man sells home to pay for cost to paint it

Julia Parrish
Julia Parrish, Web Reporter, CTV Edmonton


Published Monday, February 20, 2017 1:35PM MST
A central Alberta man said he’s had to sell his home, after an effort by village officials to improve the look of his house left him with a hefty bill.
Bill Yarmovich lives in Ryley, Alberta – he lives alone, and is on pension.
“I’m limited to what I get,” Yarmovich said.

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Sold home in Ryley
Bill Yarmovich said he had to sell his home in Ryley, Alberta, after the town painted his home, then charged him $3,400 for it.
Bill Yarmovich
Yarmovich, 86, said he tried to paint his home himself, but it rained, and he broke some ribs after he fell off a ladder.
He told CTV News back in 2015, he was issued a bylaw notice for having ‘unsightly premises’, and he was told to paint his home to “keep Ryley clean and attractive”,
Yarmovich is a retired contractor, so the 86-year-old started to do the work himself.
“It did need a paint job, I’m not denying that,” Yarmovich said.
“I didn’t need them to tell me what to do, I’d been a contractor for 35 years.”
He said he completed about a third of it, and told village officials he was working on it.
However, the work hit some snags; he fell off his ladder while he was scraping the old paint and broke his ribs, he said the weather did not cooperate and it rained often.
All that, plus his age: “I’m 86-years-old, the motor gives out a little,” he said, and he missed the deadline set by the village.
As a result, his home was painted for him – and officials sent him a bill for the work, totaling $3,400.
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Ryley Home before
Ryley Home after
Bill Yarmovich's home before it was painted, and after.
After with interest and fees accumulated, the bill grew to more than $4,000.
“$4,000 does not grow on trees,” Yarmovich said.
CTV News tried to contact the village for comment, and have been told the village is waiting for legal counsel.
The village bylaw used in this case states: “No property owner shall allow any building…to become an unsightly premise.”
In the village, there are a number of other properties that look to be in a similar state to Yarmovich’s home before it was painted – including one with missing siding, that is reportedly owned by a village councillor, and residents say it has been in that state for years.
At least one resident who spoke with CTV News said the village took the wrong approach in this case.
“You can’t just go and do something to someone else’s house, that’s just not right,” Joan Kischook said.
For Yarmovich, he’s had to sell his home in order to pay the debt. He said he would like to get his money back, but right now he’s focused on leaving the village.
“I feel they owe me the money that they charged me,” Yarmovich said. “But I don’t care, I just want out.”
With files from Dan Grummett

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