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City plow tears up property

| February 27, 2007 11:00 PM

To the Editor:

I live in Libby and I am a taxpayer. I am writing to you at the urging of others and the feelings that I have on the subject of snow removal here in our small town of Libby.

I have bought two homes here and have had the very same problem both places, and that is damage to my property in both instances. I lived on a corner lot at the first home. The plow took out the corner of my yard and didn't fix it until mid summer. I thought late but good, they fixed what they tore up.

The second home, the plow took out close to 5 1/2 feet of the sidewalk leading up to the front of our home It is just laying there ugly and pushed off at an angle. We had to put a board down for friends and mail persons to walk on to get to our home.

I called the city and reported this and left a message on the recorder as usual (you never get a person). It has been a few months, and not a word heard from the city. I am trying hard to sell this home and this is a deterrent to a sale. I want it to show well, but with that curb appeal eyesore it is a concern of anyone that would be a potential buyer.

I wonder if I am the only one that puts up with this kind of treatment, or are there others that have the same problems with the city. I guess because I don't live on Edgewater I am considered unimportant enough to bother repairing.

I figure I pay for snow removal with the taxes that I pay, but I am not paying to have my sidewalk ripped out and not put back by the ripper. Hey! did I mention that the sewer clean-out pipe was piled high with ice and snow too and broke off? The plumber said that would need replacing soon. I didn't bother to report that, good grief why? It wouldn't do a whole lot of good.

I don't think this is right, and I think somebody isn't doing their jobs and this needs to be addressed by someone that is in the position to do that.

Olivia Baer