Former Houston resident Robert Deutsch wrote to Mayor Turner and City Attorney Ronald Lewis to share his appreciation for Assistant City Attorney Wynette Chaney, who helped Deutsch resolve a property nuissance citation.
"Ms Chaney in my opinion went far beyond the call of duty to go to bat on my behalf, a 30-year resident of Houston (1976-2006). Although I no longer live in Houston, I remain a property owner there, having maintained a small mom and pop retail strip center since 1979.
"Unbeknownst to me, a situation arose last year where my property manager neglected maintenance of the property’s grounds, resulting in overgrowth that invited debris being thrown on it. I received a nuisance citation from the city along with a sizable fine.
"I explained that I was unaware of the situation until cited. As soon as I was made aware of it, I took immediate remediation, hiring a landscaper to clean the grounds.
I wrote to a municipal judge explaining my personal situation, sent photos of the remediation, and asking for lenience because I’m a senior citizen in my mid-70s on Social Security with limited means to pay the fine, hire an attorney, or risk my health in the midst of Covid-19 by traveling to Houston to defend myself - the only choices afforded me by the court.