Como, who has reached out to multiple media outlets to describe his side of the story, claims that the city is harassing him.
On Tuesday, October 8 Terry Como, owner of Como's Repair Shop located on Court Street in the Historic District area of Plaquemine is due to go before city hall.
Como, who has reached out to multiple media outlets to describe his side of the story, claims that the city is harassing him. He showed the Post South a multitude of letters sent by the City of Plaquemine, claiming his business is a "nuisance," noting particularly the junk tires.
It is a well known fact that tires not properly stored can become breeding ground for mosquitoes. That is why Como is eager to show his tire storage facility he says he spent thousands of dollars to build in order to address the issue.
That is one issue. The other is the pile of broken down lawnmowers and other vehicles that often pile up outside in front of the shop. Como claims people often come by and drop their vehicles off without any notice, making it difficult to keep up or say no.
"They leave them when we're not here," he said.
Although the shop is "a hundred year old business," according to Como, and commercially zoned, it may be simply that neighboring houses are at a disadvantage because repair shops tend to be noisy, sometimes messy places.
"Mark Wheeler was terrorized by the city, and James Smith before Mark," Como said. "All three of us have been bullied by the city inspectors and the Mayor's Office."
Moreover, Como is a motorcycle enthusiast. He also claims to be the motorcycle repairman for the Plaquemine Police Department. Como, a cancer survivor, has been pressured by the City of Plaquemine so much, in fact he is beginning to wonder if someone on the council is prejudiced against him for having a ponytail.
"I don't want to lose my police contract," he said. "I love Kenny Payne."
Mayor Ed Reeves is on the other end of this, whether he likes it or not. His efforts to beautify Plaquemine over the past year run concordant with Como's recent chagrin. It is yet unclear whether Mayor Reeves is targeting Como's directly or if his shop is part of a broader stroke.
A source has said that the pressure coming from the city is due to a neighbor's constant complaints about the shop.
Como is also feeling targeted because nearby tire shops, which may or may not be located within the city limits are doing a much poorer job of keeping their business tidy.
"The shop over by Popeye's looks like a cemetery," Como said.
Just yesterday, Como's was visited by the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality, and he has documents that appear to show he passed an inspection.
"There were only approximately nine waste tires on site--all properly covered," read a note in the LDEQ report.
Moreover, Como said that last week on Monday the state police visited the shop over environmental complaints, and he also passed that inspection.
"Something has to give," Como said. "Thank you."