Another Court In The U.S. Has Ruled Off-Grid Living Illegal
Written by: Daniel Jennings Current Events June 16, 2015
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Green living and sustainable energy are encouraged in Huntsville, Alabama, just as long as you do not practice such an off-grid life within the city limits.
Marine veteran Tyler Truitt discovered that the hard way when the city condemned his off-grid retreat because he chose not to use city utilities – and a judge subsequently upheld the city’s decision.
This year he installed solar panels in the front yard, a composting toilet in the trailer, and placed a 550-gallon plastic tank outside his trailer home to catch rainwater. But the city said he can’t live that way, and it has placed a yellow “unsafe building” sticker on the outside of the trailer.
The home sits on two acres of land at the end of a road.
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“The purpose behind these requirements is public safety,” Kelly Schrimsher, the communications director for Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle, told Al.com. “This includes ensuring that occupants of a residential dwelling have safe, potable, running water and electricity, particularly in the wintertime. The city has posted the property as ‘Unsafe’ for this reason.”
The city of Huntsville owns Huntsville Utilities.
“We encourage green environmental living, and we request interested citizens go through proper channels,” Schrimsher said. “Our departments stand ready and willing to guide them through theappropriate permitting process.”
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What a coincidence!
The gang, claiming the title ‘City of Huntsville’, controls the Gooferment and just happens to own the utilities.
No conflict of interest there.
And, who owns the land?
The “owner” or the “city”?
Hope the fellow can stand his ground.
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