Thursday, October 20, 2011
A work stoppage order has been put in place regarding my new next door neighbour’s pool installation.
This may cause a delay of eight weeks…which would bring us to the cold and possibly snowy weather of November…which could mean work on the pool may not resume until spring...which means the “hole” through the basement must remain and thus basement renovations would also be postponed.
The neighbour on the other side of the pool property brought in the heavy artillery – the city government – due to his concerns about possible damage to his tree and the potential cost of having to remove it.
I sympathize with his concerns. However, we were all informed of the-pool-to-be prior to the work beginning. I don’t understand why he didn’t voice his concerns before digging commenced.
With the government stepping in, matters are now out of the hands of those immediately involved and affected. The paperwork and ill-will has begun.
Why can’t people simply talk to one another? Initiate a civilized and reasoned discussion regarding such matters before resorting to government intervention? Have we abdicated our own problem solving abilities to those of the government’s? (Horrors!) What about our own responsibility to deal with our problems in a rational manner?
Figuratively speaking, I am in the middle of this. I have heard from both sides. I’ve actually considered offering my services as a referee but I’m not sure they’d be appreciated. Nor do I think it would be a particularly wise move to place myself in the midst of all that pumped up testosterone.
Gentlemen, start your engines - and may you find some common ground and a viable mutually satisfactory solution on the track…