Na Na pinches her pennies

Shh… don't tell anyone I'm poor. They all think I'm living frugal and green just like everyone these days. This is a blog about a senior citizen living a frugal life, on a fixed income, in a low income food desert, and passing along knowledge from lessons learned. Some she learned from her Grandma Mama many years ago and some learned only a few days ago.

Yard flooding update

I found out the rumor was extremely exaggerated. I’m relieved.

We had a casual meeting in my front yard between the sewer company reps, myself, and neighbors on both sides of me. We received a certified letter in the mail from a city real estate negotiator just as the meeting was about to get started. The letter explains the sewer company plans to update the 100 year old sewer lines with new pvc pipes and eliminate pumping stations not far away. Its a money saver for the city because of constant breakdowns in old lines or pumping stations.

The survey map shows that about 40 feet of my back yard will be dug up to remove old pipelines and install the new ones fifteen feet below the surface and then replace level ground above it. The neighbors each got their own survey map with different amounts of ground affected and the amount of financial compensation offered. The sewer employees who talked with us yesterday answered a lot of our questions. The main thing I was happy to hear is that when the work is finished my yard will be level ground again. Not an open ditch as in the rumor.

Apparently there will be negotiations over costs of removing and replacing things in the yard. One neighbor has a two car garage, a gazebo, wood fencing, and landscaping that will have to be dealt with. Neighbor on the other side has a basketball court, a large tree, and chain link fencing that might be in the path. I have two hugh trees, a shed, a fence and electric lines to deal with. I’ll be happy to see the trees gone and not replaced. They are diseased so would need removing eventually. The shed can be moved temporarily along with the electric lines then put back after the work is finished.

The work is due to start in August but the reps both said it may be September before it begins and October before getting to our yards. The whole line replacement is due to be completed by early 2022. Including the removal of the 4 old (noisy) pumping stations.

I’ve never negotiated anything like this before so I’ll be seeking advice from a friend and one of my neighbors. I’m only guessing that maybe its kind of like getting compensation from an insurance company? We each get estimates on work removal and replacement of things like sheds or trees etc. We then submit the estimates to the negotiator who writes us a check. Of course I could be totally wrong about how it works. I’m also considering whether I should hire a lawyer and pay the cost for advice. Maybe I should talk to the neighbors about all of us having a lawyer together. Oh well, nothing will start for awhile so there’s time to figure it all out.

I didn’t have to do anything about the condition of the warehouse. One of the neighbors notified the city council about the warehouse gutters. She hates the warehouse and knows the city has ordnances against buildings that are not maintained in nice condition. She’s the same neighbor that was fussing at me to cut my grass while the movers were still unloading the truck.

14 comments on “Yard flooding update

  1. Tracy
    June 10, 2021

    I keep thinking of that Buddhist mantra, again and again it’s happened to me lately Anita…’all I have is all I need’. You were wondering where money for teeth or towards saving for them would come from and money shows up unexpected…

    I’ve always done my own legal stuff/research, it’s easier to find info these days, plus I know I would never be part of any dragged-out lawsuit, it isn’t a good use of my time left!

    The sewer company/their insurance/ the city & their insurance will want to pay the least they can legally and without bad publicity, you will be wanting what feels like appropriate compensation for inconvenience/use of your land.

    Pray and meditate on it is what I’d do. Good luck dear!

    Hopefully their work will be a timely preventative intervention on more flooding as climate change accelerates.

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    • Anita
      June 11, 2021

      I’ve found out the rumor was way, way, blown out of proportion and the negotiator is a nice person willing to work with us. He’s a no pressure kind of guy.

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      • Tracy
        June 11, 2021

        That’s wonderful! ‘Ask and ye shall receive!’

        I love the green-ness where you live.

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  2. kaythegardener
    June 9, 2021

    Maybe the group of neighbors could hire a landscaping engineer or soil specialist to advise the group on how much their lands are financially impacted to get a proper amount to restore the land to prior conditions as much as possible…
    My condo complex put in French drains for several condos due to poor drainage decisions by the original developers. We got about fifty cents on the dollar of the damages from them…

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    • Anita
      June 11, 2021

      My yard will have very little impact from the construction because I don’t have a lot in it. The bad neighbor has the most to loose with a garage and flower beds to move. The city put a law into effect several years ago that with any work like this the land must be restored to pre-construction condition.

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  3. Deborah
    June 8, 2021

    I am glad the rumor was not valid to the point of having a ditch in your yard. Yes I would seek some good advice, I am not at all familiar with how those things work.

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    • Anita
      June 11, 2021

      Oh me too! I knew the rumor was far worse than it actually was. Now that we’ve had more than one meeting the work to be done is far less troubling than it was before.

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  4. simplywendi
    June 8, 2021

    I am sorry you are having to deal with all of this Anita….

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    • Anita
      June 11, 2021

      Its not as bad as I was led to believe. The negotiator is a very nice person. Listens to our concerns and makes suggestions for us to consider. I like him.

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  5. Silver
    June 8, 2021

    I’m glad it’s sounding like they will be civil to you and your neighbours. Yes, perhaps you could get some answers from a lawyer as a collective?

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    • Anita
      June 11, 2021

      The negotiator is working with each of us for an agreement we are happy with.

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  6. Leslie Saunders
    June 8, 2021

    Anita,PLEASE get legal advice,either with your neighbors or on your own. I know it will cost you,but you need a professional to weigh in on this.

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    • Anita
      June 10, 2021

      I called a couple lawyers and the cost is too high for my budget.

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