By Jean M. Coutu
On 12/26 the D.O.S. State investigator Mark Hilbert requested & entered Suzan Dennis's home in response to a report the D.O.S. received about an emergency generator extension cord that the owner installed during the ice storm.
The Dennis's were cordial, cooperative, honest, and allowed entry without a warrant. Where no parts or electricians were available had sought assistance from an old friend with knowledge of extension cords. Under Federal laws in the events of natural disaster's and State of Emergencies provide relief to homeowners from many codes to save their home. Under N.H. law, the homeowner of a single family dwelling who is on the deed are allowed to perform electrical work on their own home AND any individual can perform or assist if they are not compensated.
This was relayed to Mark Hilbert on 12/28. On 12/29 Mr. Hilbertentered theDennis's property several times beating on doors, ringing the door bells then following her son around the Town of Dublin, entering without permission the son's customer's properties, threatening him. The Dennis's did nothing illegal, yet, this D.O.S. investigator continued to violate their rights. The Dublin Police have contacted Mr. Hilbert to discontinue their harassment and the Dennis's, scared out of their wits are seeking a restraining order. Is this anyway for fireman to act?
Following is notice to the Dublin Fire Dept. & William Dughen State Fire Marshall.
TO: Tom Vanderbilt
Dublin Fire Chief
FM: Jean Coutu
POB 736, Jaffrey, N.H., 03452
RE: D.O.S. Stalking of Suzan Dennis & Son
Upper Jaffrey Road, Dublin, N.H.
Again, Thank you for your assistance as required with Mark Hilbert with the N.H.D.O.S.Electrical Board investigation of Suzan Dennis's emergency temporary generator extension cord at her residence.
Suzan & her son were courteous, cooperative, honest with allowing entry, with out a warrant, into their residence with Mr. Hilbert's investigation. Being in a State of Emergency, on the Dennis's contacting mein the aftermath of theice storm, I assisted them as I did with many and to the best the circumstances would allow. All 10/3 w/ground S.O or Romex cable was no longer available anywhere or safety paks, etc. If Mr. Hilbert had looked closer he would have seen the 10-2 romex extension cord had a 4th #10 grounding conductor. My understanding of the laws was that the Dennis's actions, or my assistance without compensation, was perfectly legal. Though the application required a genpak under code, it was not available. I believe someone checked to see if PSNH power had been restored & didn't shut back off the main.Again, we are all relieved no one was harmed. I have seen several similar applications that were made by licensed electricians that week as with several comments by local code enforcement officer's allowing it.
All this aside, Mr. Hilbert's investigation appears to be escalating into a personal vendetta witch hunt with theharassment, stalking and criminal threatening of the Dennis'son 12/29/08. The Dennis's have filed a police report and will be seeking a stalking order restraint on Mr. Hilbert.You can understand thatthe Dennis's as with myself have offered tocooperate in any manner we can, but, these blatant violations of their rights cannot be tolerated. We would prefer communications, inquiries or appointments for any entries be made through you from here on.
Jean M. Coutu
CC: Dublin Police Dept.
Paul Waterman, Dublin Code Enforcement
J. William Deghan, State Fire Marshal
Received via email from Mr. Coutu
N.H. State Chief investigator Mark Hilbert wasserved twice by the Sheriff's Dept.,at his office in Concord 12/30. The first hearing is in Jaffrey District Court on 1/7/09 for stalking,harassment, and criminal threatening. (Want to picket?). In short, hundreds of homeowner's in N.H. as allowed under Federal relief in the event of natural disaster's or State of Emergency's as with StateRSA 319:C that allows homeowner's to perform ANY work on their home if it is a single family dwelling and their name is on deed, exercised their rights hooking up generator's to their homes during the devastating ice storm and power outages.
On the States investigation of one of these homeowner's in Dublin on 12/30, in his zealous pursuit to make an arrest for installing a generator without an electrical license, beat on their doors, rang doorbell for 20 minutes at a time several times, followed the owners son around Town to and onto his customer's property's threatening him, doingall of these things all day.Keep in mind this wasAFTER this homeowner being courteous,cooperative, honest, had allowed him into the house, without a warrant,on 12/26 for an hour to take pictures of the temporary emergency extension cord. She explained it was a State of Emergency, she knew her rights, and requested he only contact her by mail in the future. We contacted radio stations and media. It is coming out in paper's and has already been broadcasting via radio. Below is letter to head of this Chief's division.
TO: J. William Deghan
N.H. State Fire Marshall
33 Hazen Drive, Concord
POB 736, Jaffrey
RE: D.O.S. Electrical Board Investigations
Rights Violations Record
Dear Fire Marshall,
First may I extend my sincerest respect to the Department Of Safety and the important role they play in enforcing a safe environment for the citizens of New Hampshire.
As I'm sure your well aware, theD.O.S. Licensing boards and I are not strangers to one and other. I am also very disappointed with recent unfortunate circumstancesthat resulted with Mark Hilbert's investigative practice'sof D.O.S. policies. This letter will be another attempt, as many over the past ten year's, to address the symptoms of these policy'sproblems. Over all, I feel many of these investigative policy'sin usual circumstances
are necessary in the enforcement of violation's of N.H. code's. However,they do not lend themselves any flexibility to unusual circumstance'ssimilar to my own. Please allow me, for constructive purpose's, to give a few example's in brief toreduce content, of a few of many incident's. Proof of many of these are on record with your office or I would be happy tosupply you with it.
1) A Dublin resident throws a history making free to Town resident's millennium party to commemorate and replicate at the same locationthe 1900 party. In part to keep costs down to accomplish this, where the outdoor lighting was only being used for 5 hours, romex was used for extension cord's rather than hundreds of feet of S.O. cord. As a result, the D.O.S. raids the property, enter's their home without permission, ordering the great,great, grand daughter of George Washington off the phone.
2) A Jaffrey resident whose name was on deed, wires his own home, as allowed under law.The D.O.S. investigator finds a technicality, orders him to cease & desist, writes him up for lack of 2 plastic bubble cover's on outside plugs. Then this investigator calls several local electricians advising them if they want to keep their license, NOT to make the repairs. (We have proof of all of this one as you do as well)
3) A Rindge resident pulls all permits to upgrade his service himself in his single family dwelling whom his name was on deed.Though the service passed inspection with compliment,the D.O.S. calls his insurance companyand has his policy canceled.
I have pages of these types of incident's to Monadnock Region resident's I'm sure the D.O.S. can find justification for. These types of policie's only hinder public safety withalienatingand angering homeowner's. I have continually offered for many year'sto the D.O.S. when cases arise that are related to me, to simply contact me. Once again, we now have this situation with Mark Hilbert. You would think that considering the circumstances of the recent ice storm,thatharassing people with zealously pursuing the arrest of me or them that someonecould consider the Dennis's treatment a little out of order. Coincidentally, I was there all of ten minutes and under the circumstances payment was the last thing on my mind. Any money's involved with the Dennis's were not for that. Hundred's of people needed my help, and under the circumstances, I'm not going to refuse to helpanyone or leave them in the cold. Again my apology's that someone left the main on,but, many local electrician's wired people up the same way under the circumstances. I could show you 2 just on my road.Several lineman, on my inquiry, stated they were checking line's due to this. I am a general trades handy man and providedifferent services.I only charge for service's the law allow's.Due to a disability I can only work as it allow's very few hours a week, I drive an old truck, and my wife support's us working at Wal-Mart. I'm not running an electrical contracting business as the board appears to allege. I feel the Electrical Board & I have conflicting interpretation's as to what the law's do and do not allow. Again, I offer my time to meet and resolvethese issues with the board or yourself. Please don't hesitate to contact me.
With Sincerest Respect,
Jean "Mike" Coutu
That N.H. State D.O.S. chief electrical investigator who chased those people around in Dublin threatening them over them installing a generator during the big ice storm was ordered by the court this week to stay away and leave them alone. Mike C.
Stalking petition dismissed