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My "GET R DONE" this week has been revolving around our wetlands. The past few days I have spent on the internet and on the phones, corresponding with various individuals about the hows and whys that our lovely wetland was drained. Thursday afternoon, I took 'the dog of the day', Dixie Doodles, down our lane to check the mail. I collected our letters from the mailbox, and as I turned around, what do I see? The County Road Commissioner's big black truck! Here, Dixie is seen doing her impersonation of the Road Commissioner - a big Weenie smoking a SEE-GAR!
Anyways, I asked what led them to decide to put the culverts in place, explaining I was aware they had obtained no permit for the work they performed, and this could be a violation of protected wetlands. He puffed up, and his sidekick puffed up too. He explained that they have lived down the road from us for over 30 years, when this street was a mere 2-track with 3 one-lane bridges going over different areas of the road, one of them over 'said culvert'. And, don'tchaknow, it cost over $128,000 way back when to build this here said road, including said culverts. The side kick stated how his great grand parents owned the property our house now stands on, including the area above and below, and to the north corner of ...such and such marker, etc....
I kind of lost focus for a bit while they were chawing the fat with each other. But, he claims someone phoned about a hole in the road. When he and his crew came out to inspect, their findings confirmed that an old culvert had begun disintegrating, so it must be repaired, because the road edges have started to wobble a bit, and they didn't want the integrity to suffer, as it would later cost much more to repair than what it would today. I asked what the old culvert was made of - - concrete, he said. The new ones would give and take better - they are made of PVC and should last much longer. Swell.
What it boiled down to is this: It NEVER WAS a wetlands 30 years ago. It was a muck hole. A useless piece of ground no one could build on. It would not perk, nothing else can be done to it. If WE fill it up with sand or what not, WE would be going against the DEQ, and they would get the DRAIN COMMISSIONER involved, and this would cost our pocket book dearly. No one wants to get the DRAIN COMMISSIONER involved, "believe you me, missy! Huh Huh HUH!"
Furthermore, he stated that he can do most anything he needs to from 33 feet from the center of the road, both sides of the street. And, if it changes the land PAST where he has ordered work performed, then "that's not my problem". Yep, my question was answered. Bureaucratic Bullshit.
But still, it seems, that when looking at a project like repairing culverts (either real or imaginary ones!), they should be responsible for keeping the landowner's property in the same condition (or better than) it was in before, as when they are completed with their work.
NOT like THIS!
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