Saturday, March 20, 2010
Comments Regarding Our Fence Line
I appreciate the comments regarding our fence line. Just to fill you all in - the BOTTOM photo shows the survey stake and the junk beyond it. The peach colored building on the left is part of the owner's camp. The building to it's right is his shed. Our property line goes THROUGH his outbuilding. Everything to the right of the building needs to be moved - one way or another. The TOP photo shows the survey stake of another owner and everything to the right is over our line - pontoon boat, snowmobiles, sheds, bed spring, trash, etc.
We stuck metal fence posts in the ground about every 50 feet last fall and ran a nylon line along the entire 1320 feet of our south line. Every 15-20 feet we tied orange plastic flagging tape on the line. We thought this would get everyone used to where the line was.
The south line is not a straight 1320 feet; it travels straight for about 750 feet before making a series of turns around adjoining lots. Picture a rectangle that on one end has a few "bites" into it along the 1320 foot side.
The lot owners have been respectful until the last 188 feet (where the pontoon boat is)before our first turn. Everything from that point on rankles the owners who have stuff piled well over the line. In the neighborhood they're the biggest trouble makers, litterbugs, drunks, fighters and just plain stubborn people. The guy we bought this place from was one of their good buddies. So the three families had long standing "traditions" that we have now "ruined" in their opinions.
Five owners within this 40-acre plat have had their lots surveyed. There are 75 lots within the plat and about 25 structures. We own four lots and all the acreage on the north and east sides that was never developed into lots.
According to a neighbor, most owners "assumed they knew where their lines were and haven't been willing to spend the money to know for sure." So along we come and basically put ONE THIRD of the neighborhood "on notice."
Three of the six full time residents have no problem with the survey. One full time and one part time resident who's lots adjoin us aren't happy and you can see why. A third full time resident, who lives on the second trail into the lots, is tolerated by most people. He claims we're acting like "big city nerds" for having our land surveyed.
After we bought the place people said they were glad to see it "get cleaned up" and warned us we'd have trouble from the two owners giving us headaches.
The nylon line and posts we installed last year were removed from nearly half the south line! The materials were thown into the woods and some are missing entirely. Trash, targets and arrows now litter MORE of our land than last year.
In other words, the disgruntled owners damaged our property and basically communicated f.y. A complaint was filed regarding this but no formal charges were pursued because both men are known as "loose cannons." A visit from the township supervisor and his recommendation was noted in my previous post.
So, yes, we'd love to be on good terms with everyone but they make the situation tenuous at best.