Man to be Evicted from Camper

Unfortunately, living simply on your own land is not an option in Madison County, Indiana. 72-year-old Dick Thompson isn’t sure if he wants to fight or give up.

Thompson faces eviction from his 38 acres in Madison County. The county lawyer tells 24-Hour News 8 it’s because Thompson is breaking too many rules, laws and ordinances; Thompson has no water, no sewer and no electricity in his recreational trailer that he calls home.

Source: Brad Edwards – WishTV8

108 Comments Man to be Evicted from Camper

  1. orogeny

    I’m still asking, how does the government implement such a policy? Do they set a limit on how many people can live without utilities? Do they only enforce the law when they don’t like the person they are dealing with? Allowing laws to be applied capriciously is a formula for exactly the kind of tyranny that you are against. Statues depicting Lady Justice wear a blindfold for a reason. If people want to change the law, fine. But as long as the law is in effect, it has to be enforced in exactly the same way for everyone.

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    1. sammantha

      some laws r just plane stupid but they r there to pro tect us all from harm but any one should have the rights or right to live as they please so long as it hurts no one else or them selfs….

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  2. Trish

    Read this yesterday in a link from an RV site. Ironically, the thread was closed, as a Mod deemed it “of no interest to RVers.” Go figure.

    But it annoyed me.

    So I called Madison County’s Planning Office and spoke to Bill Maxwell, the Planning Officer. You can call him, too.
    Here’s his number: 765.641.9541.

    Mr Maxwell’s a polite fellow who did tell me that only O-N-E neighbor had complained.
    How many can neighbors can Dick Thompson have, anyhow?

    The county attorney /prosecutor is Gerlad Shine and he can be reached here: 765.641.9474 gshine@madisoncounty.in.gov

    Anyhow, I was still mad, so I made this group: Dick Thompson has a Right to Live on his Own Land
    Here’s the url: http://www.facebook.com/#!/home.php?sk=group_174921535870688

    oregeny, you ask if the gov’t can do these type of things.
    Yes, they can.
    Can the gov’t do them legally? Well, no. Not legally.

    Trish

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  3. Pat Parker

    How can i contact this citizen? How can we help? there’s all these articles but now way for people to contact the recipent. We want to help. Please send contact info to sunguar@comcast.net Everyone is standing around gaulking, help this man!

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  4. Al Mollitor

    We’re pushing 100 comments but still shedding more heat than light. Before we get too worked up, I think we need more facts. Try searching under “dick thompson madison county indiana” and a bunch of stuff pops up, but so far most I’ve seen is a rehash of the same sketchy story. If anyone finds a report heavy on facts and light on speculation, please share it.

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  5. Al Mollitor

    Since I don’t live in Indiana, I don’t have much business calling Madison County officials. I figure the best thing I can do is encourage the local TV station to pay attention. My latest email to Brad Edwards is here:

    http://moosehillnotebook.blogspot.com/2010/12/going-viral.html

    If you care about this situation, do something. If you live in Indiana, contact your representatives and governor. If not, let the news media know you’re watching.

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  6. Ryan

    A very dear and wonderful family of eight in Oklahoma, sold their home a few years ago to take take the family to a place where they could breath and discover and just “live” on God’s green earth. This is how it went down.

    They took the equity from the sale and bought five acres (free and clear) on the outskirts of the Oklahoma City metro area. Next, they bought a tank of a bus. It was a retired mobile command unit for the Highway Patrol, with plenty of room (as far as buses go) and two good generators. Shortly thereafter, they outfitted the bus with a high dollar composting toilet rated for ten people’s daily use. Then, they homesteaded. Happily, quietly, together, they began to settle the land. Since they were a homeschooling family, the land itself acted as another teacher, inviting discovery and providing daily opportunities for creative problem solving. They were happy and things went well.

    UNTIL. A neighbor voiced a complaint. Code enforcement officers made visits. State and county officers. To the officers astonishment, septic was not what the neighbor had suspected (of course they could have just gone over and asked like neighbors used to do), but rather, a very sophisticated system working well. After months of not knowing what to attack this peaceable, generous, transparent family with, they finally settled on something to do with residency in that zone. Namely, R.V. living being unacceptable. They were told that they needed to be parked on a pad/asphalt. They were told they needed to apply for a building permit (which they cannot do since they plan on building strawbale).

    Since they have small children, and they didn’t want to put them in harms way challenging convention, they left. With all of their money invested in the land they were forced to leave, they left. They moved the bus to my lot next to my house in my very small town where the officials are much more reasonable people, and they lived homesick for the land, but safe.

    UNTIL. A local school teacher began to make complaints about the kids not being in school (which they were, just not her school), and the bus breaking code (which it wasn’t). Nothing came of it, but the family did not want to go through it all twice. So, they left. But this time they left the bus behind because they feel as though they and their children will be misunderstood wherever they could take it. And, they were running out of options.

    Now they are trying to recover financially, but they don’t want to sell the land. They were on it without any problems for over a year, and they dream of returning, but don’t know how without tens of thousands of dollars for meeting code obligations.

    My questions to you all are these. What should this family do? What would you do?

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    1. Marina

      What a story! I feel sorry for your friend and his family. Unfortunately, freedom is not free. Can’t deal with those rotten bastards.

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  7. Lucas

    To anyone playing devil’s advocate for the 150,000 residents of Madison County being subjected to this guy’s free will: This is what is called sprawl. When this guy(or his family) bought the land it was rural and no one cared. Now that the yuppie scum, bureacrats, and land speculators have gobbled up the countryside, he’s in the way of their continued land grab. So they craft some fancy BS excuse to evict him from HIS PROPERTY. This is what sprawl does. Everyone on here who lives in a metro area can find a case locally where some farmer or country boy/girl has been harassed by the menacing city governments of sprawling suburbs. Those farms just aren’t as tidy as your Chemlawned, White Picket Fenced, Taupe Box that you will be enslaved for your whole life paying for. When I was a kid there was this old country boy on my bus route who had the “Trespassers will be shot, survivors will be prosecuted” sign in his front yard. I always thought he was kind of a crazy old SOB, but nowadays I understand. This guy was probably not that different at all, just proud and independent.

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  8. dave

    leave the guy alone, he is not bothering anybody {except the govmnt assholes sticking thier ugly horned heads into everybodies business} And He is on “His” own land!!! this really pisses me off!!! damn control freaks!!!

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  9. Rebecca

    Most of these types of regulations have been passed by corporations or business groups like electricians, etc. The spoken reason is safety, but the underlying reason is to force people to buy services that are really unnecessary. Subdivision developers are notorious for this type of harrassment. ALEC is a business group that writes laws for over 2000 legislators at the state and local level. It doesn’t help that so many people have bought into the suburban box with 30 year mortgages and want uniformity to protect that 30 year mortgage payment.

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  10. Rebecca

    Most of these types of regulations have been passed by corporations or business groups like electricians, etc. The spoken reason is safety, but the underlying reason is to force people to buy services that are really unnecessary. Subdivision developers are notorious for this type of harrassment. ALEC is a business group that writes laws for over 2000 legislators at the state and local level. It doesn’t help that so many people have bought into the suburban box with 30 year mortgages and want uniformity to protect that 30 year mortgage payment.

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  11. AnthonyRizzo

    “It’s just not safe or sanitary to live like that.” Is what the county official said. I suppose he believes that being homeless, wandering the streets, exposed to the elements and criminals, with nowhere to wash up is safer and more sanitary? This is where government fails his citizenry. They can ,make exceptions. They always do. The difference is that they like to make exceptions for people willing to spend a lot of money not for people trying to save it. Shame on them. Shame!

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