Tuesday, November 2, 2010
The 'Washington County Department of Land Use' Response To Incident Between Building Inspector and Amy Roloff
Local residents called the county, concerned that the large ark-like structure might topple over and injure someone. The picture is of the Ark on display for pumpkin season Oct 2010.
One of the most talked about segments in the final season of Little People, Big World, was the confrontation between Amy Roloff and the county building inspector. The majority of people expressed very strong and negative opinions about the conduct of the building inspector. Others were simply confused and wondered about editing and what really might have happened. A few others were unimpressed with how Amy dealt with the situation.
After the episode aired, Matt Roloff posted the following message on his Facebook Fan Page on October 27th:
Matt Roloff = Thanks everyone for so many messages supporting Amy. Most of you are right. The county did violate our 4th amendment rights of illegal search. The officer was dead wrong. Our legal options are being explored. Thanks again for all the well wishes I have passed them on to pitbull Amy. :))))
That is the Roloffs side of the story and what they portrayed on Little People, Big World (it bears noting that Matt and Amy Roloff are also producers of the show). In the name of fairness, what is the 'Washington County Department of Land Use' stance on the situation?
The Washington County Department of Land Use and Transportation were emailed regarding the incident that aired in the Little People, Big World episode titled "Little Noah". They were asked if what viewers saw were the proper procedures of their department and/or if the department of L & T felt what appeared on the edited television program was an accurate depiction of events?
The following was the response from the Washington County Department of Land Use and Transportation.
October 29th, 2010
Washington County’s Department of Land Use and Transportation apologizes for the action of our Building Inspector on the Little People, Big World segment aired October 25, 2010. We have also apologized to the Roloff family.
Many people are aware that the County and the Roloffs have had numerous interactions related to the land use and building codes enforced by the County. Our highest priority is the safety of our residents. We respond to complaints, particularly regarding potentially unsafe structures.
The Department received calls from nearby residents that a large "Ark like" wooden boat was being placed on site. They expressed concerns about it possibly toppling over and hurting someone. It was in this context that the inspector visited the property. He should have been more cautious about entering the property and he should have identified himself to Mrs. Roloff.
Appropriate corrective personnel action was taken. The department is providing additional training and taking other steps to ensure that we live up to a high standard of public service.
We would like to note that the program is an edited T.V. show, so some of the facts associated with it may have been omitted for entertainment value.
Washington County Department of Land Use and Transportation
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