People who live or visit homes in the neighborhood surrounding the Bay Haas Building have long known that the place is a problem. The Alabama Department of Parole and Probation rents office space in the Bay Haas building from the county. Residents have long complained about problems associated with violent offenders in close proximity to residential homes. Most believe that in order for the neighborhood to be safe, the parole, probation and child support court should be removed. A recent shootout between two probation officers and Christopher Foehl, who was fatally shot on November 24, 2008 has raised their concerns. All of this took place in the backyard of a Montauk Street home, across from the Haas Building. Many small children live in the area and the Alabama School of Math and Science is only two blocks away, and those children too pass through the parking lot of Bay Haas. The purpose of this petition is to ask the County Commission to fence the North, East, and West sides of the Haas Building until a permanent relocation can be accomplished. The fence must be appropriate to the Historic District. Ultimately, the offices must be moved to a more appropriate location, and we would like to be kept informed of any plans for this building.
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Rosalind Rountree, United States5 years ago Comments: I live next door to the Bay Haas building, and not only do I have concerns about crime, but the parking overflow onto Montauk creates a hazardous situation. Illegally parked cars make it difficult and sometimes impossible for emergency vehicles to get through. I have more than once been unable to get out of my driveway. Blocking the Montauk entrance to the parking lot would ease this situation tremendously, even if the building is occupied by a business and we no longer have the danger factor. The fence is extremely important even if the parole, probation, and child support court move are no longer on the premises.
Douglas Helms, United States5 years ago
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