Saturday was the USMC Ball for RS Milwaukee. So we didn’t plan on doing a whole lot this weekend. However, one (or more) of the neighbors on our block was taking issue with us and a handful of other residents’ activities on their respective properties. This person called the city building inspector. Who then issued several citations. So we went from black tie formal attire Saturday night to Carhartt bibs on Sunday.
These were citations not for, say, the caving-in cinderblock garage that abuts (that is, sits directly on the property line, not 3 feet away from it as stated in the building code) the back of our property (the owner of which is friends with one of the neighbors we suspect called the city). They were for the carport one of the people down the block put up to shelter their second car. One was also for our project boat and the shelter we built over it. We were given a month to disassemble the shelter and get the Ditch Boat on a trailer. Not exactly a great timeline to get a good deal on a trailer. However, Matt found a marina that had recently gotten a new yard trailer, and gave us their old one (a dual axle) for $1200. Ditch Boat is now road-ready for when we take her to get the engine put back in.
Granted, we will still be needing to lay gravel to extend our driveway to the back of the house (where it probably once extended to before an addition rendered the garage useless for cars) to be fully legal. But the building inspector himself said something along the lines of “That side of your house is, ahem, out of direct view of anyone who might take issue with it. And who could tell if there was gravel under snow anyway?”. So that cost is at least put off until late Spring. Glad that we got a trailer, not glad it wasn’t exactly on our terms.