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1/31/2013 1:01:00 PM
Letter: No good deed goes unpunished


My husband and I moved in to an inherited old mobile home in lower Clarkdale in September 2000. There is a town of Clarkdale vacant lot next to us. I believe it is considered an easement. All the lots on the street back up to a large wash and overlook the train station area.

During the first year or so here, we watched town trucks back up to edge and dump brush along with many others in the neighborhood. Nothing harmful to the environment but definitely dumping.

As NO town employees ever showed up to take care of weeds, my husband has maintained the town of Clarkdale lot since early 2001. That would be his time and our expense at weed killer, weed eater line, weed eater gas, etc.

In 2006, we planted some pine trees at the back of this town lot and in 2010 he created a small garden area behind those trees that my daughter and grandsons got LOTS of enjoyment out of.

Wayne Debrosky at the town of Clarkdale made it very clear he could care less. We have attempted to clean up and improve the town lot and our lot not to mention took care of the lot on the other side of the town lot while the elderly lady, Willy Fuller, was alive.

I would like to say THANK YOU to all the area neighbors who took the time to stop over the years and tell my husband how nice things looked.

Later, town of Clarkdale trucks and police cars were “slowly” driving up and down our street. Two days after that, an officer stopped and was kind enough to give my husband the heads up on the fact that someone complained and it looked like we would have to remove the trees and garden area and that we would most likely be getting a letter from the town.

The letter came a week later, placed on our porch while we were not home. The trees and garden are gone. You can bet we won’t spend another second and definitely not another penny maintaining anything but our own lot from now on. I will keep you all informed of how often they show up to maintain the lot. They drive by at least twice a day. God forbid they stop and be civil.

They should be wasting their gas on dealing with properties in the vicinity that have NO maintenance and are a huge fire hazard.

Christi Hauk Voit


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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Article comment by: AzRockz .

These people maintained this property from 2001 to 2013? Seems like you could claim squatter's rights by now! LOL And NO ONE said a word about it. Hmmmm, Oh, until 1 person complained. About what? That the property looked great? That people could actually use it for food? Of course, there's always 1 AH. And I'm not from Clarkdale, but I bet everyone knows who this is. Too bad. Sounds like they made a positive difference in their neighborhood. Yeah, it wasn't all legalized, but the owner's never complained, so who cared? Sorry this happened to you guys you sound like good people just trying to make their neighborhood look good.

Posted: Monday, February 4, 2013
Article comment by: What The?

Waist full? What is that? A large waist? Must be the government right after lunch or dinner.

Posted: Monday, February 4, 2013
Article comment by: Know Your Boundaries

Funny, I just read about a similar situation that happened out in the County. While you might have liked the way your improvements looked, and your grandkids might have enjoyed them, the fact is, it isn't your property. I agree with Ryan Jensen ... perhaps you should have gotten the OK first. Lots of people purchase property without getting their property lines verified. When that happens, it leads to things like this. Guess you have to chalk this up to a lesson learned.

Posted: Saturday, February 2, 2013
Article comment by: Liability Viewsheds

While choosing to maintain a lot that was not yours would be by some standards commendable, it is still a lot owned by someone else. Insurance liability immediately comes to mind. Trespassing comes to mind. And the planting of trees may well have interfered with a neighbor's view of the train shed and mountains or even their natural sunshine.
Its funny (sad actually) that every time weeds grow higher than you think they should, the fire hazard card comes into play. Balderdash to that. That is just a way to exact revenge on someone.

Posted: Friday, February 1, 2013
Article comment by: The Cowpoke

The inevitable result of small minds is waist full government Is there no other tasks that the city fathers can find for those employees. They can rest easy now another blow to society done and a triumph for stupidity. Oh, yes the very important city code in the great metropolises of Clarkdale is up held. Well done! Keep up the good work!

Posted: Friday, February 1, 2013
Article comment by: Just Saying

You are upset with the wrong people. Complain about the one who turned you and your activity in. What you did is against the law after all.

Posted: Friday, February 1, 2013
Article comment by: Slater Slater

There's a green horn in the hood.

Posted: Thursday, January 31, 2013
Article comment by: Ryan Jensen

Guess you should have picked up the phone at got an "OK" first.

Better luck next time.

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