Am I gonna end up going to jail?
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Seems very sureal to even be typing those words. This is the deal:
There is a Huge horrid family feud going on. It started with some land stuff where my greedy sis reneged on giving a piece of property to my father after he did all clean up and the landscaping on it. She had told him she would give it to him to payback the $60,000 she owes him (the land isn't worth that...it is only 2.41 acres)
After he had worked on it for about 4 months getting it all pretty, with her stalling about the deed the whole time, she informs him that she won't give it to him because he will leave it to me when he dies. WTF?!?!? They try to sit down and talk sensibly about it but one of them ends up blowing their stack every time. She is adamant that he's NOT getting this lil piece of land.
(side note: less than 14 months before this he has paid for a used mobile home and had it moved onto her property adjacent to the disputed land. He also did the labor and paid for the material to have her water line put in almost 1100 feet across his land from the roadway.)
Sooooo.....She refuses to give him the deed to this property...He proceeds to rip up her water line which is running 1100 feet across his land.
Next up: She and the dude she has married in the meantime rip a foot deep ditch up the center of the private drive that goes to my house, then her house, then our cousins house. In this ditch in the middle of the drive, which is quite hilly, she plants her water line. WTF?!?!? Down the middle of a road and only a foot deep? Really?
The land the drive is on is actually my niece & nephews (not her kids). She never asked permission...just did it.
Okay, water line less than a foot deep in the middle of a roadway...It is gonna cause problems....It starts leaking and then very quickly erodes the road going down one hillside. Vehicles start sliding off the road into the ditch, the road is eroded enough that small cars can't get over it without bottoming out.
Now during this period of time, my other sis (mom to niece & nephew who own that land) tries to get greedy sis to remove the water line so there can be repair and construction on the road. She offers an easement in the ditch alongside the road as long as the waterline is 36 inches or deeper.Greedy sis not only says NO but tries to get other sis arrested for harassment.
Fast forward to late May of this year: My oncologist inform me that my cancer has metastasized to my liver and that I will probably not live to see Christmas. My Dad and the rest of the family (other that greedy sis) decide the road must be fixed NOW where my caregivers and friends in smaller cars can get in & out and that heavy ambulatory vehicles can get in when need be. Other sis sends a certified letter to greedy sis informing her that the road reconstruction/ improvement is going to happen. If greedy sis doesn't move her water line within 10 days she may not have one to move.
Due to rains and weather conditions, it was late July when my Dad started on the road. He did the hillsides furthermost from the water line first and got them graded, widened & smoothed and rock brought in for the surface and resmoothed. Then he stared on the hillside that was the worst due to the erosion because of the water leaks. While grading the road, the water line was pulled up and out. Some places it was already laying on the surface of the drive from the erosion.
Of course this leads to more cops being called out and more yelling and screaming between all the concerned parties. (I have totally stayed out of it..I got other things to worry about...like dying!) About 10 days go by after the cops say that it is a civil matter and that it seemed like Dad was just doing what the landowners wanted him to. Then comes the summons to court for Dad and a restraining order to keep him from doing anything else to the drive. Well, he wasn't done by any means, he still had some widening to do as well as putting in another culvert at the creek. So the road is really rough right now, greedy sis has her water line just laying in the ditch alongside the roadway and they went to court today.
The judge upheld the restraining order against Dad and told greedy sis's husband that he could work on the road if he wanted to. (Not their property..my niece & nephews) He also told niece and nephew that they would have to file for a restraining order to keep greedy sis's husband from working on their road and told greedy sis that she had to file a separate case to get an easement to put the waterline where she wants it(which is across the road in niece in nephews field) WTF!??!
Soooooo....I'm sick of all of it! I am thinking the whole bunch need to grow up...some are much more at fault than others...
This is my plan: I called a guy that I know that does odd jobs and asked him if he was busy tomorrow. He isn't so I hired him for the day along with a helper for him. I then called and rented a deep trencher that will dig 48 inches deep. At five in the morning he is going to pick me up and we will go borrow a truck and flat bed trailer from another friend. Then we will be at the equipment rental place by seven when it opens to get the trencher. When we get home, the greedy sis and her husband should be gone to work (God, Please don't let them take off work for some reason)
We will start on their property digging the trench with this machine and then lay the pipe that they have laying on top of the ground in the ditch into it.
Then we will get off their property and run a trench at least 36 inches deep alongside the road in the ditch. Into this we will also put the pipe they have just laying on top of the ground. This will mean cutting their water off for a short period of time while we do some elbows and connectors since we aren't going down the ditch the whole way. We will be putting it where the easement that the kids offered them said to put it. After we have reconnected all the pipe we will turn the water back on and check for leaks. Then we will cover up our trenches and clean up any mes we make.
I just Pray that one of them doesn't decide to stay home from work or come home early. I think we can get this done in about 6 hours. They get home about 5:30 from work..we Should be finished by 3....
Worse case scenario...they catch us and call the cops. The cops come and arrest the 3 of us for criminal trespass. The fine per person is Up to $1000 dollars and up to 90 days in jail. This is why I want to do their land part first..if they catch us on the roadway...that is my niece & nephews land..I already have verbal permission from them. But I don't want them to catch us in the act at all. I have warned the guy and his helper what is going on where they would know the potential risks.
Sooooo...I want this over and DONE and all the BS to stop. My niece and nephew have given me permission to get a professional in here to do the widening and the finishing stuff on the drive. I happen to have a couple of frinds in the biz that will do it cheap an quick.
So...this is where I am...ain't it some stuff when I'm terminal and this B.S. is going on and I am putting myself in a position to go to jail just to stop this stupidity...I have tried to talk to all parties & explain that NONE of this is helping me any. I am sick and all this does is upset me because I worry that someone is going to do something stupid and dangerous that can't be undone.
I made the comment 3 years ago that the whole thing made me want to run away from home. It has gotten markedly worse since May and I have gotten to where I Feel like I have cancer finally. The pain is tolerable because I take the pain pills like I should but it is there and I can actually feel the tumors masses in my abdomen when rub my belly.
Anyway...I am jumping into this madness with both feet to try to bring it to an end. I know, I know...,I'm as ignorant as the rest of the group!