LETTER: Brett Fish shares his latest encounter with the Sewer District
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The Southwest Suburban Sewer District called the Normandy Park Police on me today (Thursday, May 16) for “destruction of District property.” Here’s the story:
B-Town Blog readers suggested putting up considerable resistance to the sewer district’s continued abuse of my property as a shortcut. Not being able to afford legal counsel and going up against the all mighty sewer district one must proceed with caution.
Their latest legal position is since they’ve always abused the road it gives them the right to continue doing so. It’s called “prescriptive easement” if the landowner doesn’t complain at least every 6 years or a statute of limitations kicks in. We have been through at least 6 general managers since their inception and have to start over with each new one or sue their socks off for breach and abuse, not something we want to do having supported their very existence and beginnings since the 1950’s.
Since they aggressively insist on abusing the original compost-only access easement for every day all district business and refuse to CEASE & DESIST, the upper gate was closed and chained but not locked after each and every vehicle passed through. If they want to abuse the compost only access easement for their own personal shortcut they are going to have to suffer the extreme inconvenience of opening the gate for every passage. Some employees were kind enough to close it after they passed through against the direct orders of the general manager.
They responded by installing a cable and padlock at the base of both halves of the metal gate to keep them open. This takes away access control of my private property. I cut away and “destroyed” two three inch pieces of shrink wrap, unbolted the assembly, reassembled the contraption and closed the gates.
Very shortly after, the District called the Normandy Park Police to report “destruction of District property” requiring a Police response. Normandy Park has a Police Department that rivals Beverly Hills. I’m embarrassed that they had to respond to such a trivial and frivolous complaint by the District.
So, let’s compare the losses. Their loss, estimated at $1.00-2.00 for a total of 6 inches of shrink wrap.
The affects property value loss from the sewer district highway they forced on us or be condemned, the giant unwanted heap of clay they dug up on their property during the road construction and forced us to take or face condemnation, the destruction of my family home since 1938 with over $250,000 worth of damage from their clay sliding down the hill dragging our home with it, no environmental studies or “as-built” drawings, a crushed drain and finally the incredibly arrogant misuse of the compost only road with 25-60 vehicles per day.
Our loss: too much for one family to bear. The sewer district is putting the rate payers at considerable risk of loss with this continued arrogance. They want to keep taking what is not theirs to take.
– Brett Fish
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