WOONSOCKET - On a hot July day, David Densmore sits on the porch of his Blackstone St. house, and reads the laundry list of violations he'll face Wednesday in housing court in Woonsocket....issues he says the city has with the materials he uses to build his famous Halloween and Christmas displays each winter.
Issues, he also says, he's taken care of.
"We already removed everything. We had trucks coming in and taking all the wood away! It all disappeared! Nothing even in the yard! It was all being transported out," he said.
That cleanup happened after an abatement was put on Densmore's home last October, and he faced the state in superior court.
He says the city's violations are the same ones, and he shouldn't have to face them again.
"This has nothing to do with the prior incident involving the state fire marshal's office... These are separate and distinct violations separate from those," said city solicitor Michael Marcello.
Fed–up with feeling targeted... Densmore has re-purposed his display... to showcase all the issues he sees with the city. A sign reading slogans like "bad water and sewer" and "high taxes" has been created from a repurposed Halloween decoration.
"I have been told that no matter what I do the city inspector's office is going to be on me until they're satisfied... this is my way of fighting back! I'm expressing myself the best way I can," Densmore said.
"Certainly he has a right to say whatever he wants about the city that he lives in, but this separate and apart from... these violations predate any kind of new message he wants to be sending out," said Marcello.
Building inspectors on–site today said the home looked better but still had violations that haven't been taken care of.