Businessman Demanding $75,000 From Arnold Over Alleged Harassment

The owner of We Buy Gold claims Ward 1 City Councilwoman Doris Borgelt harassed him and damaged his business. Borgelt denies the accusations.

An Arnold businessman who claims a councilmember has harassed him and damaged his business is threatening to sue Arnold unless the city pays him a $75,000 settlement.

Anthony Burgio, the owner of We Buy Gold at 940 Jeffco Blvd. operating as Definition Holdings, is alleging Ward 1 Councilwoman Doris Borgelt has harassed him since May 2012, according to a Feb. 21 article the Arnold-Imperial Leader. Stanley Schnaare, Burgio's attorney, sent a letter to the city on Feb. 11 demanding a $75,000 settlement.

Schnaare told the weekly newspaper that if the city didn't pay the money, his client would file a lawsuit. He said in the article, "Please consider this letter our 90-day notice of right to file suit to claim damages in regards to the actions by the city through its employees and agents."

In December,  At the time, Borgelt denied harassing the business, and said she was acting on complaints she'd received about it.

According to the Feb. 21 Leader article, Schnaare cited the following examples of alleged harassment:

  • Between May 15 and June 6, Borgelt made a "deliberate effort" to harass the company about the issuance of its business license.
  • In October, "at the insistence of Borgelt" efforts were made to have the property inspected, the parking lot measured and the street signs properly verified.
  • In November, Borgelt came to the property with a camera and asked a customer to leave.

In an email to Arnold Patch, Borgelt said that the company was issued a business license on May 14 without having the required fire inspection. The Building Department signed off on the application, and it was sent to the clerk's office, she said. 

According to city ordinances, inspections and repairs must be completed prior to a business license being issued. She said the fire inspection was completed on June 7.

Borgelt also told Patch that on two separate occasions, the company's sign was lit using household extension cords to flood lights. She added that the sign is closer than 10 feet to the front property line, which is in violation of the city's codes.  

She also said in the email that the business offered no handicapped accessible parking or entry. However, Ward 2 Councilman Bill Moritz noted in an earlier meeting that 

As for taking photos, Borgelt told Patch in her email, "I have learned that I must always have proof to accompany any complaint that I make the city aware of, or I am told no violation exists."  

Borgelt also said she did not ask any customers to leave the business. She explained in her email, "One customer parked illegally. I happened to be picking up dry cleaning at the cleaners next door. The attendant at the dry cleaners asked the lady to move. The lady refused. I never said my name, or mentioned that I was on the city council - I just reiterated she needed to move. She did move her truck to the gold buyer's lot, took care of whatever business it was that she had at the place and then asked if my name was Doris. I agreed that it was, and at no time was any mention made that I was on the city council."  

City Attorney Bob Sweeney could not be reached for comment on Monday. The letter may be discussed during the council's closed session at its meeting on Thursday.

Doris Borgelt February 27, 2013 at 04:37 AM
Bill, why must you exaggerate so? Be specific, I am very specific when I point out city ordinances that are not being followed, or state laws that are being broken, or policies that are not being adhered to, do not put assign words to what you think I know or feel. I am a big girl and am perfectly capable of expressing myself without any help from you. If you read the article you will note that a business license was issued in May when the fire inspection was not completed until June 7th. That fire inspection is a requirement according to the City of Arnold, so you tell me, why the special treatment?
r gahr February 27, 2013 at 01:55 PM
Arnold has a tainted reputation ,seriously !!
Bill Moritz February 27, 2013 at 11:09 PM
With all due respect, Arnold does not have a seriously tainted reputation. What Arnold has, in my opinion, are two candidates for mayor and one of them is a poor choice. The majority of the residents get it and I am pretty sure they have had it with the headlines she generates. She should be defeated soundly in the April 2nd election so long as people are ready to cast off her two year distraction and get back on track and end these kinds of headlines. What you have read in the Leader and many of the stories in the Patch about her actions are accurate. Remember the mayor's position is for four years. If she gets elected I am sure the headlines will continue and she really will damage Arnold's reputation. Whichever candidate is your choice, I ask you to please come out and vote April 2nd. If you cannot be here, contact the County Clerk's office at 636-797-5443 and get an absentee ballot. It is very simple to get one.
Doris Borgelt February 28, 2013 at 01:11 PM
Yes Bill, Arnold does have a seriously tainted reputation as being the most corrupt city in Jefferson County and surrounding areas for many, many years. You can attack me all you want, the truth about the attorney getting rich off of the citizens of Arnold and you and your cronies' penchant for making sure that happens is well documented. I think it is you that was a poor choice and you have a habit of making poor choices. The emails you send criticizing fellow council members and the statements that you make are outrageous. Bill is part of a group of cronies led by the city attorney who are desperately holding on to the power they have left. Anyone who questions, staff or their procedures and practices is attacked and threatened with one sided accounts in the local newspaper and legal action by the very same attorney that is supposed to be working in the best interest of the city. Instead his bank balance grows because he advises staff and others with comments and statements to the media encouraging them to sue the city. What a way to boost his private family college fund, he is laughing all the way to the bank.
Dennis Hyman April 03, 2013 at 05:05 PM
70% of the voters agreed that Doris Borgelt was a bad idea.


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