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Construction Friday 7/28 October 27, 2006

Posted by jeanne in construction news, Urban Development.
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The truck with the slabs on it is back, with another truck like it. They’re carrying boards and pre-made forms for concrete.

guy came over to get us to sign an indemnity statement. He wanted to talk to husband, but i started asking questions about did he get everything arranged with the dirt, and he said he’d negotiated another $5k to cover getting the trees taken down and getting dirt on the back yards, and he wanted us to know that the guy who was out doing the plans yesterday said we’re going to have trouble with out drainage because we wouldn’t take dirt because we wanted to save our trees (which he plainly thought ridiculous, favoring trees over the solution to our drainage problems, tho dumping dirt on it is only going to shift the drainage problem). I told him that forman had said something about running a pipe thru to the creek or the vault. He called the bean counter guy who said that we could take the cost of running a pipe out of the 5k, and nobody liked the sound of that. guy because he considered that money already spent, and me because we’re not putting any money into this project ourselves. The letter included the extra 5k as a collective payment, and it didn’t say what it was for, which i inferred meant that it was potentially to be shared by all. he went away and husband came back and i told him everything. He said he’d be in no hurry to sign anything. the nice gay guy came back, i fixed tea, we talked about herbal tea, he likes rosemary and lemon water. I left to do some housecleaning because we’re having tenant and marie over for dinner. Husband suggested that they separate him out from the rest like they did the out of state neighbor, and deal with him later, because he’s not signing off on a theoretical problem and solution without seeing what the rains do back there now that the hill is gone and there’s a ramp instead.

Then he went to see forman, who whipped out the plans for what they’re going to do with the stream. They’re going to cap it up top, and divert it to a 24″ pipe going straight down the alley to main street to connect to an 18″ pipe, where the plans show it connecting to the combined sewer/overflow pipes. Except they’re down there right now replacing them with the sewer separation project. The only problem he can see with diverting our drainage into it is that it might overflow the 18″ connection.

Later they both, simon and guy came over and closed themselves up with husband to talk about what was going on. guy pursued his own agenda with the bean counter the whole time, and it got quiet heated. He would say ‘but that’s not what I heard. What I heard was that the extra money was to go for specific things only, not as a catchall.’ The bean counter was making everything cost us money after dirt and fences and permits for the trees. The only solution to the drainage the bean counter could come up with was a swale filled with gravel going from the low point to the drain, some 3 or 4 feet overhead. We think the obvious solution is to put in a drain in our yard, at the lowest point, and feed it off into the freshwater (contaminated with freon water) stream running down the alley right there not ten feet away. somehow nobody on that side has suggested it, and they don’t hear me when I mention it. So husband is going to bring it up himself when they all meet with the engineer next week sometime.

We’ve decided that we don’t want a ramp into our back yard, which means that we don’t want access from the alley. The ramp would be very steep or it would have to curve to miss the dog pen, and either way it would be awkward, so we’re going to tell tenant, tho not over dinner, that he’s going to have onstreet parking only.

They didn’t work at all out front.

Wednesday 6/7

Friday 7/28

The truck with the slabs on it is back, with another truck like it. They’re carrying boards and pre-made forms for concrete.

guy came over to get us to sign an indemnity statement. He wanted to talk to husband, but i started asking questions about did he get everything arranged with the dirt, and he said he’d negotiated another $5k to cover getting the trees taken down and getting dirt on the back yards, and he wanted us to know that the guy who was out doing the plans yesterday said we’re going to have trouble with out drainage because we wouldn’t take dirt because we wanted to save our trees (which he plainly thought ridiculous, favoring trees over the solution to our drainage problems, tho dumping dirt on it is only going to shift the drainage problem). I told him that forman had said something about running a pipe thru to the creek or the vault. He called the bean counter guy who said that we could take the cost of running a pipe out of the 5k, and nobody liked the sound of that. guy because he considered that money already spent, and me because we’re not putting any money into this project ourselves. The letter included the extra 5k as a collective payment, and it didn’t say what it was for, which i inferred meant that it was potentially to be shared by all. he went away and husband came back and i told him everything. He said he’d be in no hurry to sign anything. the nice gay guy came back, i fixed tea, we talked about herbal tea, he likes rosemary and lemon water. I left to do some housecleaning because we’re having tenant and marie over for dinner. Husband suggested that they separate him out from the rest like they did the out of state neighbor, and deal with him later, because he’s not signing off on a theoretical problem and solution without seeing what the rains do back there now that the hill is gone and there’s a ramp instead.

Then he went to see forman, who whipped out the plans for what they’re going to do with the stream. They’re going to cap it up top, and divert it to a 24″ pipe going straight down the alley to main street to connect to an 18″ pipe, where the plans show it connecting to the combined sewer/overflow pipes. Except they’re down there right now replacing them with the sewer separation project. The only problem he can see with diverting our drainage into it is that it might overflow the 18″ connection.

Later they both, simon and guy came over and closed themselves up with husband to talk about what was going on. guy pursued his own agenda with the bean counter the whole time, and it got quiet heated. He would say ‘but that’s not what I heard. What I heard was that the extra money was to go for specific things only, not as a catchall.’ The bean counter was making everything cost us money after dirt and fences and permits for the trees. The only solution to the drainage the bean counter could come up with was a swale filled with gravel going from the low point to the drain, some 3 or 4 feet overhead. We think the obvious solution is to put in a drain in our yard, at the lowest point, and feed it off into the freshwater (contaminated with freon water) stream running down the alley right there not ten feet away. somehow nobody on that side has suggested it, and they don’t hear me when I mention it. So husband is going to bring it up himself when they all meet with the engineer next week sometime.

We’ve decided that we don’t want a ramp into our back yard, which means that we don’t want access from the alley. The ramp would be very steep or it would have to curve to miss the dog pen, and either way it would be awkward, so we’re going to tell tenant, tho not over dinner, that he’s going to have onstreet parking only.

They didn’t work at all out front.

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