Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Because I Know You Are Dying to Hear About the Fruits of My Whining

This is a little story about what happens when you talk to the right people about a problem with certain other people:

Yesterday, while trying get some cleaning done, I found I could only focus on one thing: the parade of dump trucks that were continuing to dump dirt on the empty lot next door.

This was a new day with more than ten dump trucks full of dirt going down the back of the lot, and I was fed up. When added to the previous day, this latest round made more than twenty dump trucks full of dirt sitting next to my house.

I called the heretofore unhelpful township office and talked to the Zoning and Permit King (yes, I believe that is his official title). While he can apparently do nothing about yard waste and branches, he got real fired up about a bajillion tons of dumped dirt. He said, "I'm coming out there. Now."

There are still trucks next to my house, but today there is a new addition: a backhoe. A shiny yellow backhoe that is digging up all the dumped dirt and putting it back into the dump trucks from whence it came. All under the watchful eye of the Zoning and Permit King.


  1. Good for you!!! Instead of just watching and being miserable you did something about the problem and now the unsightly mounds of dirt are going away. Huzzah!!

    Yes, I think they should officially give that person the title Zoning and Permit King. Although this is the first time I am hearing from someone who had positive AND quick results from that person.

    I was so grateful when I found out that we didn't need any kind of permit to cut down trees and fence in our back yard. In our neck of the woods it takes AT LEAST 6 weeks to get the King out to your residence to get approval.

  2. T: Yeah, it usually takes them that long around here as well. When we wanted to put a fence up to keep the kids from going down the Ravine of Peril, they just kind of poked around. But a bajillion tons of dirt is another matter entirely, I guess!

  3. Good for you! The limbs and junk are one thing but all that dirt is altering the landscape and water flow. Not good. I can't believe someone thought they could get away with that. Some people have a lot of nerve. Glad you got it resolved!!
    I tagged you :)

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  5. you go on, girl! I'm so proud of you!

  6. Yea for you! What a relief it must be to see something being done about all that dirt! Good Job!

  7. Anonymous11:51 AM

    Hey Norma Rae -

    Good Job! So proud...Juju


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