Veteran shares ongoing battle involving neighbors, city officials

TULSA, Okla. — A 20-year veteran said the City of Tulsa refuses to enforce codes against his neighbors, who allegedly do not keep up with their home.

Jerry Dixon has been filing complaints with the City of Tulsa and writing to several mayors, City Council members and his neighbors, who are landlords, since September 11, 2000.

He has a thick 3-inch folder with detailed complaints.

Dixon is a decorated 20-year veteran who served during the Vietnam Conflict. He is also a retired flight instructor.

He and his wife Mardi have lived in their house near 14th and Garnett in East Tulsa for more than 40 years.

Though they are in their 80s, they keep their property clean, manicured and decorated.

But, Dixon has been filing complaints as early as September of 2000 for the neighbors who don’t.

He has to cut his neighbor’s grass every week.

“The uncut grass that’s coming through the fence, which I’m having to deal with constantly because it’s not being cut,” Dixon said.

He has kept a log folder for 22 years in his long battle against City Hall and his neighbors. He even documents his complaints in his phone.

On the lawn of his neighbor to the north are bits of plastic, paper and broken glass. Two houses down the street there is a couch on the curb.

In the past 22 years, Dixon has complained about garbage left in his neighbor’s garage on the other side of his duplex, which brought rodents, and flooding from his other next-door neighbor’s property. That same neighbor now has over-grown grass.

“I feel that the city has forgotten us,” Dixon said, “They’re more concerned with what’s going on down in city hall and the immediate area down there, their building and all that stuff. And out here, we’re lost.”

Dixon cares about his neighborhood and he walks around it to see how other properties are being kept.

When he complains to the city, Dixon said, the city’s inspectors tell him he’s helpful but then, little is done to improve his neighborhood.

“Even the county commissioners, they’ll listen to us one time, that’s it. They won’t even get back in touch with us,” Dixon said.

He said a white Volkswagon Beatle has been parked on his street for 5 months. The city cited it and the owner just ripped the tag off of it.

A spokesperson for the city declined multiple requests for an interview about Dixon’s complaints and others.

The city sent this response:

“WIN (Working in Neighborhoods) inspected this case last week and the trash/grass was resolved as well as the property maintenance violation for a faulty garage door, which appears to be resolved as well.”

The city’s response was in reference to Dixon’s complaints about his neighbor who shares the other side of his duplex. But, his next door neighbor on his right, still has over-grown grass.

After FOX23 News sent multiple emails to the city on Monday asking about Dixon’s unresolved complaints, a city inspector arrived at his neighbor’s house on Tuesday, while a FOX23 reporter was shooting video.

A spokesperson for the city confirmed it is the homeowner, not the renter, who is cited for code violations and both Tulsa Police and the Working In Neighborhoods department can issue citations for the parked Volkswagen.