2000 Bought lot #11 for our eventual home with designs developed and
presented (up to certain detail level) online at www.CyberHobbiton.net after working with the core members of the Alternate Energy Association of SW Ohio where I was the Publicity Director and now the Co-Chair, and careful consultation with many local people, including the Building Dpt and each and every member of the Health Dpt, none of whom appear to have remained after new staff was brought in a couple years later. Amazing as a pattern of rejection of the new Administrator? Or someone else new in 2002 with rank and hierarchic ideas?
2004 Bought this land, lot #12, in Brown County with plans for our Group
-- CyberHobbiton Infrastructures -- to experiment in revolutionary
construction techniques in preparation for work on #11, with intermediate
goals of designing and testing (research on thermal characteristics and
stormwater behavior to support or alter assumptions for the CyberHobbit
Design were non-existent so far) techniques and doing fundamental
confirmation of needed data, and to make affordability and suitability to
Brown County land, water and economics our criteria. Began testing
equipment and researching doublewides for this project.
2005 Bought this Stonecreek doublewide with enhanced thermal and other
performance features that our Group (a Co-op of my family's businesses)
would use for our headquarters for testing intermediate designing progress,
making DIY a standard of operation.
Projects successfully accomplished by our newbie team included:
-- installing the electric lines, phone, cable and water,
-- developing a system of perimeter stonecreeks to dry out the house island
area for construction, while retaining normal levels of rainwater for returning it to groundwater
-- building economical and structurally-advanced ferrocement foundation for
home, with alignment to reduce windloading & retaining sheltering woods
and we weren't done yet with exciting ideas in progress that were taking shape, including
-- designed and ready to build a radiant floor for reducing waste water-heat/space-heating and space-cooling according to season,
-- designed but was eventually prevented from building a microdosing, triple lateral, Wisconsin mound system (avoiding chiselplowing but making good use of
depth credits, as well as serving as a wind diversion landscape feature) and including greywater for flushing at the minimum.
2006 October, renewed the septic permit as required. Discussion with SDick led to our exciting request for experimental system with a blackwater variance to be officially made in Nov at the Board of Health meeting. He seemed favorably inclined to think we could have those, except for some doubt over the greywater for flushing and the omission of chiselplowing. So we went to our then-home county health department, known for those experimental projects and got foia data to show how they operated and what their experience showed to confirm our orally acquired information.
Beginning of November At the BOH meeting, Unreasonable requirements were set on the blackwater variance and Steven Dick began a pattern of treachery and lying, in the face of which his supervisor faded as capable of managing. Our information request for sources for their demanded "Performance" Bonding (as if we were installers going to leave a poor homeowner with a mess) were brushed off as well as our own alternative Bonding plan, PLUS a false letter was entered into the Board Mtg just momentarily before the Board Mtg, which we were not permitted to refute later. False statements were made by Steven Dick to the Board about there NEVER being allowed things in Brown County that resembled our requested experimental design, namely no-chiselplowing mounds nor greywater, which we knew to be false since our Alternate Energy group had sponsored an Earth Day Home Tour at a strawbale home in Brown County in 2004 that had an elaborate greywater greenhouse, among its many enviro features.
End of Nov -- As we uncovered proof of the untruthfulness of the statements
on which our wanted Variance (not the 'granted' one) was denied, our home
was subjected to Criminal Damaging.
Beginning of Dec -- Due to the evidence and the nature of the myriad other
clues -- preliminarily documented as to evidence and likely involvement
possibilities -- we contacted the Administrator of the Health Dept to warn her
of the possibility that the main suspect was one of her staff and to insist that
she not allow the plumbing or septic inspection personnel to go onto our
property without our presence and notification. We never got an answer to
this clearly vital notification and request for co-operation.
2007 Jan -- Our first BC FOIA request for more evidence was delayed for
TWO MONTHS because files that were going to be given to us right away, disappeared
from the front desk and no one admitted having them. Steve Dick even came out of his office, unsolicited and told us that we really didn't need those files since they didn't apply to our system.
By the end of Jan 2007, the files again appeared without explanation. And yes those files showed that Steven Dick had lied to the BCBOH that non-chiselplowed mounds were never allowed in BC. This file had the history of the Rose family system showing it was a novel high performing peatmoss system with a mound that was unable to be chiselplowed because the site was wet, as was ours. And we had dense tree roots as well.
Feb-Apr -- I was in the hospital for a hernia operation and was unable to
pursue any of the work on the project. However, I did continue through April
to communicate the problem to the Administrator, who decidedly was less
than helpful. A series of emails between ourselves and the Administrator
followed as we requested more FOIAs to followup on other violations
committed by Steven Dick in his dealings with Brown County citizens who wanted
to do experimental systems. Since this relationship with the Administrator was so unyielding of useful methods of continuing to do anything with the department, we were exceedingly cautious about the phrasing of our claims to ensure that we were
fair in making only statements of 'probability' and 'prime suspect'.
Beginning in May, our work resumed on our project and the winter's worth of
weather unraveling of our progress was on our to-do list. At which point in
mid-May, we discovered the rest of the damage perpetrated the previous
Nov and reported the incident to the Sheriff's office. The deputy hardly
seemed interested and we suspected that he might not even report it right
since he seemed not to understand sometimes as we were speaking. No
guns or drugs in our story. How boring and useless.
-- In June, we took the Installers' Exam at the OTCO testing site in Mason
and aced it, according to OTCO.
-- In mid June, we contacted the Sheriff's records dept and requested to see
what the deputy had put on the record. That pair of pages was about as
accurate on what we had said as any third grader might have done, so we
called the records clerk and she said that we should write up what was wrong
with the report. We did not find this easy to communicate (about a fill-in-the-many-blanks form) without a lot of unwieldy verbiage so we graphically
duplicated the layout and filled in the form AS IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN IN
ORDER TO RECORD WHAT WE HAD TOLD THE DEPUTY and sent it back
to the Records dept. We also contacted the detective (Wagner) in charge of
that deputy (Sinninger) and when we explained to him the events in Nov and
what we had gathered as evidence, he said that IF this were the case, then
this problem was "the dirty laundry of the Health Department and not for the
Sheriff's Department to be involved in."
-- Meanwhile somehow also in mid June, the Administrator and StevenDick
went to the Asst Prosecutor and accused us of libel and making nebulously
threatening statements in what we had written to the Administrator. We supplied the full set of emails to the Asst Prosecutor (Chris Erhardt) and he replied that as a citizen we had every right to be as critical as we had done and that nothing in those emails constituted the claims that the Administrator was making on
behalf of SDick. If SDick wanted to pursue the libel charge, he'd have to hire
his own lawyer.
As a result
of this demonstration of logic that exceeded their tolerance for facts and
deduction, the Prosecutor and the Detective huddled to find a
way to dismiss any further involvement in the Health Department's DIRTY
LAUNDRY and accused me of "doctoring" their records and REFUSED TO
ANSWER MY PHONE CALLS AND LETTERS. This sequence took up June
and July, with the Prosecutor's rejection of SDick's wanted libel suit being
issued on July 24th.
-- On Aug 7th, SDick attempted to make an anonymous call to the
Clermont County Health Dpt Seniors Services, to engage their limited
resources in a plan to treat me like a demented old lady who's home
was a derelict trailer and who wrote wild things to VARIOUS
DEPARTMENTS IN BROWN COUNTY. Imagine what SDick thought they would do to 'help' that old woman. Imagine the surprise on the faces of
those fortunately genuine civil servants when they met that evil old woman and she wasn't insane at
all, in fact they resolved to help her figure out who was the ABUSER OF
THEIR SERVICES. In the phone report, SDick had to get the Prosecutor to
fax the Columbo's Notes, and the Prosecutor's secretary had annotated the
notes with the remark that this was being sent for SDick as the one who had
called the Clermont destination for the fax. BINGO, animosity and criminality
revealed for all to see.
-- In the fall, we spoke to the Clermont County Senior Services social
worker who had been sent and who had helped us find the villain, and he said
he had talked to the Brown County Prosecutor, Chris Erhardt, and reported
that Chris had said that the sanitation regulation changes that had hit the
ODH and local Health Departments in July should enable us to get the
system we wanted, and specifically that the Health Department was now
OBLIGATED TO ALLOW ANY SYSTEM THAT MET THE PERFORMANCE
REQUIREMENTS FOR SANITATION SYSTEMS for the duration of the
reversed rules that were now in effect. So Chris was satisfied that this
should resolve our problems with SDick so we should go ahead with plans.
We also wrote to the Clermont County Commissioners to thank them for the
excellent services of their Seniors Dept, and they relayed our appreciation to
the Health Department and to those involved who didn't yet know what had
transpired. They further recommended that we continue to try to work with
the Brown County Board of Health. Which we did consider and began
preparing a complete explanation of the complaint against SDick to be filed
with EACH MEMBER OF THE BOARD INDIVIDUALLY AND DIRECTLY,
OMITTING THE ADMINISTRATOR'S CONTROL because the Nov 2006
presentation that we had filed with the Administrator, with a full two weeks
advance content, had been badly relayed to the Board -- PAGES MISSING
AND MANY IN THE WRONG ORDER, by whom we don't know -- TOTALLY
OBLITERATING READABILITY by the Board who were supposedly preparing to
consider our experimental & blackwater variance at that November meeting.
-- On Dec 1, 2007 we sent that document, certified mail to each Board
Member, tracking each to make sure that they were adequately informed
before the next Board Mtg, which it turned out was likely not til January, so
they would have lots of time to digest such serious claims against a formerly, apparently considered trustworthy, though roughly disliked, department member.
2008, January-March, we waited, to no avail. No one wanted to follow up with questions, comments, solutions. Whatever became of the
vaunted procedure for dealing with complaints against an offending civil
servant? We wanted to know, so we called the Department and the
Administrator seemed shocked that we were still pursuing this idea and
claimed that "the Board didn't know what we wanted" from them. That's what she said!
since the cover letter said we didn't want to work with the prime suspect in
the criminal damaging case and CERTAINLY didn't want to work with such a
villain as would ABUSE the HEALTH DEPARTMENT RESOURCES of a
neighboring county in order to punish us for not caving. We had repeated that
request in the conclusion to the document as well. Was the Administrator
simply obfuscating? Was the Board really that malfeasant? Was SDick
invariably going to be able to do whatever he wanted regardless of how
-- Beginning of May, another attack on our outdoor
plumbing. According to the BCRWA, the only way all those pieces of soggy
twigs, leaves, and dirty debris could have gotten into the faucet, which faucet
had been in service CLEANLY AND DAILY IN USE for over TWO YEARS,
was for SOMEONE to have opened the rainshelter-wall at the water line
entrance, turned off the water from the main for a short period, gone to the
back faucet, released some and stuffed detritus up into the plumbing, then
returned the BCRWA controls to normal and closed the rainshelter. This
begs for explanation as anything but continued harassment, since we had
again been pursuing that response from the Health Dpt Administrator. Imagine what would have happened if we'd have turned on the water inside the house.
would be damaged next, probably even more extensively and total. THERE
IS NO SENSIBLE AND DECENT WAY TO CONTINUE TO DEAL WITH THE
HEALTH DEPARTMENT WITHOUT 24HOUR SECURITY AND LIKELY NOT
PRODUCING ANY SENSIBLE AND DECENT RESULTS ANYWAY.
Knowing the regulations (per the asst prosecutor's previous reassurance) would have allowed us -- with suitable concurrence paperwork not ever going to be anywhere appropriately and justly forthcoming -- to build an experimental system
and knowing the performance of a whole range of alternative sanitation systems of considerable merit, more economical and environmentally sustainable as well, that would satisfy the requirement that a system be meeting the performance standards for BOD.5, TSS and E-COLI, as well as being easily DIY and relatively quickly doable so that we could be onsite right away and keep our project home and its crucial-to-our-lives investment secure -- plus learn a lot of great pioneering experience, we decided to exchange our former mound -- expensive, difficult, low performing longterm and undesirable habitatwise -- design for a truly advanced and decidedly humanely sensible combination of
-- thermophillic composting toilets for fecal matter (not illegal in Ohio nor
regulated anywhere in the US for non-commercial purposes) and kitchen waste,
-- separation of urine for agricultural use (research supported SciNews 2007)
-- the stellarly appropriate -- for Brown County's own wild habitats -- an
EPA-online well-thought-out constructed wetlands for the remaining
greywater, to complete the ideal 22nd Century sanitation system.
DID THE REQUISITE CALCULATIONS AND BUILT IT AND MOVED IN TO
PROTECT OUR OWN HOME.
We have continued to make suitable testing
and monitoring adjustments to the hydrological protective rainwater control to
preserve our wetland/woodland habitat for our natural developing landscaping.
Over the time period, from the 2008 beginning of the security onsite period to put an end to the vandalism of a malfeasant civil servant, still in this local department, to the present we have been
-- developing an automation system for the radiant floor to optimize the use
of waste heat
-- built a sunshed workshop with thermal mass built into the work-surface,
which held its temperature from freezing all through the weeks of sub-freezing
winter weather, generally staying 10*F higher than the winter outdoors the rest
of the cold season
-- added thermal mass structures to the crawlspace, as well as a solar heat
collector, to keep the crawlspace from becoming wet in the spring from the
lag in thermal seasonality that causes dew point temperatures to exist in a
crawlspace all through the humid spring months
-- set up testing protocols and monitored the crawlspace performance
through the thermalmass-only phase, and now continue this with the solar
collector phase to confirm/adjust controls and decide on influence to our berm
-- dealt with an unusual event of concurrent automotive problems for our
workhorse vans and our commuter car after all the driving to work at the lot
for years. Some of these vehicles have over 200k miles on them and all are
adapted for higher gas mileage, so we would not relinquish them without
exceptional cause. Most work was usually DIY also on the cars, which we
-- added expansion ponds, and a couple of wildlife ponds to our stormwater
creeklets that control the house-island amidst the woods
-- enhanced the stonecreeks around the foundation, testing sizing against
-- measured electric usage options for blackout planning, developing both a
1000w system design and a 5500w system of battery bank and smaller
generators, studying multiple battery and generator engineering performance
-- located and studied the local wetlands flora in our habitat to design the
plantings (yet to be installed) for the constructed wetlands
-- developed an advertising program to re-establish homeownership for the
population of credit-problem victims of the real estate bubble, using effective,
but minimally expensive electronic resources online to support a failing agent,
who was near bankruptcy. Even though we generated over 30 prospective
buyers per month, the workload and his inability to deal with creditors brought
the agent to collapse and retire,
-- dealt with our own devastating tragedy, in May of this year, and its
-- successfully dealt with SocialSecurity operating violations of due process
at the Great Lakes regional level, enlisting the services of Senator Voinovich
-- and currently preparing a wrongful death legal complaint to remove an
incompetent MD from the ICU and a despicable prejudiced MD from the Mt
Orab Mercy ER who caused our tragedy, working with the Clermont Law
Library and accumulating medical research
-- and yet we now have again had a renewal of the incursions of a damager to our sanitation
system and surrounding enviro-habitat in August-September 2010 while we were
now unable to maintain the constant surveillance for our home while on
supply runs, which then were followed, curiously, with this latest return of the
malfeasant enviro-crime HD staffer who, I'm sure, doesn't remember doing this
Having heard that there was a new Health Commissioner and that the
formerly malfeasant Administrator was gone, we began to wonder if it was
time to start doing the paperwork again and again, til we never want to see
this ever happen to anyone ever again. Instead of going the lengthy route of getting ODH approval of our sanitation design as an approvable pretreatment device in Ohio.
So then we began to gather the paperwork, data and evidence TO SET UP THE EXPERIMENTAL VARIANCE REQUIRED TO MAKE THIS SYSTEM A POSSIBILITY FOR
OTHERS WHO WANT TO PRESERVE THE WETLAND/WOODLANDS OF
BROWN COUNTY OR WHO WANT TO LIVE IN AN EQUITABLE WORLD
WHERE USE OF RESOURCES IS WELL THOUGHT-OUT & NOT
GREEDILY WASTED, AND EVEN FOR THOSE WHO ARE WILLING TO DO
REASONABLY CONSERVING EXTRA WORK JUST TO SAVE $20,000
WHILE ENJOYING THE BEAUTY OF NATURAL BROWN COUNTY. (See
LINKS AT THE BOTTOM & next emails)
For over the two years of our onsite security and development work, we made sure that at least one of us was on-site at every hour of the day, with only Christmas as the exception and one other evening with family at a gathering. No intruders had come onto our home's curtilege. Work was as peaceful after we lived on site as our own security team, as it was before we ever met Steven Dick.
Then in May 2010, we lost my son, an expert in martial arts and video camera work as well as our bobcat operator. Barely three months
later, -- late Aug 2010 -- began a sequence of surreptitious visits, three of
which involved vandalism, two specifically aimed at our sanitation
system's composting, one to peer underneath the house skirt, after being
unable to breech the fencing we used for animal security for the
crawlspace. Material was taken from the various bio-remediation bins and
chemicals were used to silence their peaceful operating microbes around mid
Sep 2010. Definitely questionable as theft. The last incident was near the
end of Sep 2010, an angry theft of some simple driveway safety markers, so
maybe the previous theft of compost samples did not produce the results that
We enhanced our security but that seems futile in some respects since the threat was no longer vandalism at that point. Less than a few weeks later, SDick was
taking pictures of our home, without official notice or complaining from his office nor from our neighbors, on Nov 18th, as is documented in the court's evidence that was
used 2 weeks later on Dec 1st to gain a search warrant. Accompanied by his
'environmental crime' officer from the Sheriff's office, Steven Dick directed the
taking of 'evidence' for his intended harassment using court and department
resources to further his satisfaction. And to hide his earlier criminal history behind his charges that we were the lawless ones.
Harassment? Yes, because if you
look at the *charges* that he lists in his 'citation', there are obvious lies
and malfeasant claims that vindicate our claim that this is again
harassment. The law is not on his side. See this link for use of
OAC3701-29 to invalidate each charge:
But even better was the new Sewage Law, ORC 3718, specifically the definition of 'public health nuisance' (the label applied to our system) and its reverence for performance over prescribed approvals. See for yourself It venerates performing genuine microbial testing, and grants approval to systems that do work to the level of the specs in the law.
The law prefers performance, so how does this harasser expect to get away with his false charging based on administrative rules for paperwork his disrupted service blocked and apparently ignoring the law in the citations?
Yes, harassment. Should you flee to hide behind a veiled idea that what we
did was a crime to be punished with search warrants and citations and court
threats, then go back a few paragraphs to May 2008 and start reading
again. We have every right to protect our family and our home when the
obvious problem is a bureaucrat malfeasantly failing to provide the paperwork
route that we were entitled to, in order to protect a lying, and malfeasant
employee, for some unknowable reason, possibly because she didn't want "to
have to learn anything about sanitation systems and their management", as
she herself indicated in casual conversation, back in 2007.. or possibly she was too busy getting her masters degree after hours to do the extra work to deal with a severely troublesome employee...
And it's not as though we have been idly waiting for the Health Department to
wake up and deal with our grave complaint. We have added quite a few
accomplished projects of pertinent merit. We are credible developers of green technology And we shall insist that this be
solvable with due diligence by people who care enough to make the effort to
learn and apply what needs to be done to make things right, acknowledging
all our own effort, study and work..
Will the system of laws and courts and due process and scientific testing work?