A Brookside business pushes back against a nuisance notice

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Reported by: Brittany Jeffers
Updated: 8/08/2013 9:57 am Published: 8/07/2013 8:41 pm

A business that has been in Tulsa for 80 years has received an 'Abate Nuisance' letter from the city. The issue at hand; grease disposal bins. 

Rick Bilby is the owner of Weber's Superior Root Beer Stand at 38th & South Peoria. He said that his business is typically full of people ordering root beer floats and burgers.

"I've been operating Weber's for 36 years and I've never had a problem, much less with the city of Tulsa," said Bilby.

He said that the problem that is plaguing him now isn't with his business but in the alley.

Rick said that he was contacted by a city inspector to clean up the grease disposal bin that is located in the dead end street behind his business.

Rick said that he contacted the grease disposal company and replaced the bin, but that didn't solve the issue.

"The next morning I come to work and found a notice on my front door," said Bilby.

A notice to abate a nuisance was issued by the city of Tulsa on Aug. 2.

Fox23 contacted the city of Tulsa and was told that the city received a complaint from a citizen concerning the restaurant.

The complaint was concerning a grease disposal bin on a city street on East 38th Place. The street is a dead end with trash dumpsters set at the barricade.

The complaint from the neighborhood was, "Rancid grease leaking from the grease bin on to the street causes insects, odor and possible health issues related to the spilled grease."

Bilby told FOX23 that he has worked to do his part, but he wants the city to address issues with the dead end street which he said is contributing to the problem.

"The city has debris and grass that has grown onto the street and when it rains that water just stands and gets hot and filthy and it can harbor mosquitoes," said Bilby.

Bilby said that he hopes that he and the city can come to an agreement to work together and get the problem resolved.

Representatives with the city said that this is a 10-day notice.

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Ski164 - 8/8/2013 4:07 PM
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I am not too pleased with the City of Tulsa....as a former Employee and with having a property here I can see that the City would have the Code Enforcement Post....They wont go to the neighborhoods or parts of the city that need to be abated but they will target ones that are not true nuisances. Thats why I dont work for them anymore....The City waste things they should not.

Mayor Maynot - 8/8/2013 3:46 PM
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Unwashed mass (aka dirty sermon). How in blue blazes could you implicate the disposal service?? They make their money off of webbers. No webbers no money. I hope they pay you good to blow bubbles.

Mayor Maynot - 8/8/2013 3:39 PM
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What will they come up with next ??? Probably some irate customer on a vendetta cause he couldn't get a free refill. I guess if they move the leaky grease trap closer to the puddle the grease would kill the Mosquitos. Tulsa Mosquitos have been analyzed with west Nile. Probably make advises the unsung hero of the season preventing long term loss of health to some in the neighborhood. "Can't we all just get along?"

Drivebyposter - 8/8/2013 3:05 PM
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Sounds like ICLEI at work.....http://www.iclei.org/

Unwashed Mass - 8/8/2013 11:45 AM
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It sounds like the "grease disposal company" is at the center of this, but not important enough to report who it is.
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