Thursday, December 08, 2005

miss ann talks about zoning

miss ann contacted me this morning and asked me to post this more prominently, so here goes. if you read all the blog comments last night, this post won't have much new content for you.

yesterday someone posted this anonymous comment here on the blog:

Has anyone brought up the fact that Melyssa was told several times (once by a lawyer on the Mayor's City Counsel) that she was in violation of an Indianapolis zoning ordinance? Or that she chose to ignore these notices....?

i replied, asking anonymous to cite a source for this allegation. so far, none has been provided. i'm not holding my breath either.

a couple hours later, miss ann posted her own rebuttal. here it is in its entirety:

For the record, I was not told about a zoning violation by a lawyer or member of the Mayor's Counsel. It is interesting that the alledged lawyer's name, the date, and place of this alledged meeting are not mentioned. I believe it is cowardly to make public accusations while maintaining anonymity.

I did attend the July neighborhood association meeting where I was accused of a zoning violation, when in fact no one quoted the zoning code, nor did they distribute copies of the code I alledgedly violated. To my knowledge at the July neighborhood association meeting, I was the only person who knew the city zoning code.

The polite and professional zoning official, Kevin Tamosaitis 317-327-5019, who subsequently inspected my shop and took dozens of photos told me on his second visit that the city attorneys determined my boutique was not classified adult. (This is visit was documented in my on line group.)Teri Kendrick, city attorney, confirmed the shop was not classified as adult again at the press conference.

Had I not attended the Mayor's Press Conference and tipped off the press about the zoning code, would the media have known to specifically ask Ms. Kendrick if The Reformatory was classified as 'adult'? Thank God someone in the media spoke up, for this might be how the truth of the matter comes to public light.

Journalists keep politics in check and I, for one, am grateful they do.

Zoning official, Mr. Tamosaitis, went on to say that the city might determine that a retail zoning variance for The Chatham Center only allowed for retail in the suite formerly occupied by LAMP Fine Art Gallery. He said my landlord might have to apply for new variance to permit retail from the specific suite THE REFORMATORY occupied or for the whole building.

Mr. Tamosaitis said that as long as I kept my inventory mix exactly as it was, I could locate my shop anywhere, including Masschusetts Avenue. He cautioned that I should first make sure I see the actual paperwork proving the space was zoned for a retail boutique and art gallery.

Shortly thereafter I did look into subletting basement space on Mass Avenue, however, decided I did not want to renovate new space, spend the money to move, and continue to work for no more than I was making at the small boutique.

If the city made a decision to split hairs over which suites inside The Chatham Center could or could not be used for retail, our local artists could also be found in violation for retailing their art from any space except where the former LAMP gallery was.

Was anyone thinking about Art?

Did anyone consider that the artists I paid, would lose their side income?

I decided on October 14, to close my shop on the anniversary of The Erotic Arts Ball (10/29/05). I decided instead to focus on my growing private practice consulting with couples' looking for help in navigating a healthy D/s relationship dynamic and my well documented work promoting chastity and foundation building work of establishing and maintaining trust in personal relationships.

and before anyone complains about posting zoning inspector tamosaitis's phone number, note that his contact info is publicly available on the staff directory of the dept of metropolitan development at indygov.org.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Has anyone brought up the fact that Melyssa was told several times (once by a lawyer on the Mayor's City Counsel) that she was in violation of an Indianapolis zoning ordinance? Or that she chose to ignore these notices....?
i replied, asking anonymous to cite a source for this allegation. so far, none has been provided. i'm not holding my breath either.

a couple hours later, miss ann posted her own rebuttal. here it is in its entirety:

For the record, I was not told about a zoning violation by a lawyer or member of the Mayor's Counsel. It is interesting that the alledged lawyer's name, the date, and place of this alledged meeting are not mentioned. I believe it is cowardly to make public accusations while maintaining anonymity...


What should we believe then, when Miss Ann posted on her Yahoogroup the following...

"From thereformatory@... Wed Dec 21 16:04:50 2005

The attorney to whom InKinK gave nearly half of its treasury for
advice, told us that Indianapolis councilpersons enact zoning laws all the time which are in fact unconstitutional..... That is why I ignored the zoning law of which he said I may violate from my home business. My exact words to him when he asked what I planned to do was "business as usual.".

There's your source. Miss Ann herself, once again being sloppy with which story she tells whom.

I too will remain anonymous because I am an avid watcher of the train wreck that is her life and I actually want to stay subscribed to her Yahoogroup because it is entertaining as all hell. I've also seen how she uses her Yahoogroup to mercilessly slander and attack people who disagree with her. The same post of hers which I quoted above also goes on to say, "I have witnessed that much of the kink community seems more interested in gossip and attacks on its own rather than banning together..." which is simply hilarious coming from her. We all watched for more than two months as Miss Ann ranted on about InKinK, who appears to have had the foresight to disassociate from her earlier this year. I joined InKinK as a direct result of the promise of no more Miss Ann involvement.

To me, "Professional Victim" seems to trump "Freedom Fighter" in this case.

stAllio! said...

so who is this "lawyer on the mayor's counsel"?

she doesn't say that she never spoke to any lawyer about the story. and "attorney to whom InKinK gave nearly half of its treasury for advice" doesn't like the same thing as a "lawyer on the mayor's counsel" to me. maybe it is, but if so it's not clear from the portion you quoted.

Anonymous said...

"attorney to whom InKinK gave nearly half of its treasury for advice" doesn't like the same thing as a "lawyer on the mayor's counsel" to me.

What? English, please.

If you want specifics, ask Melyssa.

Miss Ann said...

Key words: "may violate" and "unconstitutional". And regard to me slandering persons, I spoke up publicly (not anonymously) about the leadership of a group claiming to practice tolerance, who took money from contributors I personally enrolled, and subsequently censored and silenced their participation in the group. This organization repeatedly ignored written complaints from its own paying contributorship.

I owed something to these contributors, as my word means my honor.

To these members I influenced to join the so-called 'activist' group, I repaid their fees out of my pocket to try to right the wrong I felt I had done by influencing them to join a group which would give them no voice.

That I publicly discussed this wrong could hardly be called 'slander', in that I only reported documented facts that involved members of the group who repeatedly try to speak up, but were repeatedly ignored and silenced. To these individuals, I offered my on line forum to give them a voice.

It should be noted that today this group has little to no participation. Perhaps 'anonymous' is one of the former leaders of this group that I took to task for not being accountable to the contributorship. Who knows.

TO ANONYMOUS: If you want your words to carry credibility, post your name, any documented facts, dates, and the attorney's name here.

Then join my on line group under an anonymous name (so you can watch your addiction in secrecy).

Only a liar and/or a coward would shy from putting their name to such harsh words.

Anonymous said...

Besides the facts that you have grown old and tiresome, Melyssa, not to mention that you look like a textbook alcoholic and that most thinking people have seen through your psychosis, let us never forget that you have managed to fleece an entire community and your story ends now.