Posted 08-07-2003 at 19:17:52
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at the bad neighbor scenario.
We have a sign at the end of our road. It's a three tiered thing about three feet by four feet painted hunter green with white lettering that has the name of the farm on a board suspended from the top cross piece by chains, then two subsequent boards also hung with chains with our last name and house number and an arrow pointing down the road. It's a very well made and respectable sign. Our house is fairly well hidden from the road so it's a neccesity.
It is installed about ten feet away from the Y where our road and the neighbors driveway come together, on our road.
The new neighbor moved in last week and on about the same day they hauled in the last load, the woman flagged down Jake in the road and asked if the sign belonged to our family. He said that it did. She said, well, tell your parents I want it off my property.
As soon as he told me this, I called the woman. Her mother used to live in the house and passed away, I guessed that the daughter might have kept her mother's number, which I have committed to memory. She did. I asked her why she wanted it removed. She gave me some crap about emergenecy vehicles not being able to find her house.
I told her that number one, we put the sign there because our house cannot be seen from the road very well especially in summer when the trees are full and people kept going and banging on her mother's door wanting to buy pigs or goats, becuase they couldn't find us, plus we needed it to direct emergency vehicles to our house.
Well, we want to put a sign there to direct people to our house, she said. Her house sits behind and to the right the sign and is very visible. All they need is some obvious house numbers.
Secondly, I told her that we went to a lot of trouble to put the sign in, and made a point of putting it in the easement, not on her 'mother's' property, that it is a full four feet from the property line.
Well, you either move it, or we'll move it. She replied.
Look, I know you just lost your mom, I said, but your mother lived there for the past few years and never had a complaint with the sign or it's location and she was very particular about her property line.
A heavy sigh from her and then in a tone that just set my teeth on edge, like she was talking to a disobedient child, she said.....'look...I am not going to get nasty about this.....'
I cut her off in mid-sentence...
'and that is very wise of you because to tell you the truth my husband has pretty much cornered the market on nasty. He is so nasty he could give nasty lessons to the IRS people. He knows what he's doing and the sign is in the easement and if you had approached me in a better manner I may have moved it just to be neighborly but since you are here barely a week and you are making demands like this, I am not compelled to concern myself with your feelings.'
Grrrrr! I was hot.
"Well, like I said, if you don't take it down, we will."
"Go ahead, but don't be surprised if you don't come home one day and find a 15 X 30 foot billboard with flashing neon lights as a replacement. There is plenty of room there if you want to add a sign or an address, the sign is not on your property and if you need to have a survey done to prove it, bear in mind that there is a twenty foot easement between your property line and the one across from you and the sign sits solidly in the easement. The materials to make the sign cost about sixty dollars and that doesn't include labor so be prepared to be sued for enough to replace it if you tear it up.
At that point she hung up on me.
I don't know what is going to happen, unless of course they take down my sign.....then I know exactly what will happen. The war is on.