As you may know, there is a house down the street from me that has a roof caving in on itself.
I reported this house to 311 on April 27, 2011 with a comment that I was concerned the roof may fall in on the older gentleman I believed to be living in the residence. Well, it turned out that the house was only used for storage, and the old guy had a different residence he lived in. Further, I learned that I was not the first person to report this residence for By-Law infractions. Another concerned citizen had already notified 311 of several By-Law infractions regarding the house and yard at this address.
The 311 report that I sent in on April 27 was re-directed to City Planning at the end of April, as it was an issue regarding the house structure. I spoke with a City Planning person in late July regarding the status of the issue. I was told the home owner had until the end of September to demolish the back of his house, where the roof was caving in. The city planning person said the City would be taking care of the demolition after that, if nothing was done.
I guess we have to be thankful for the little things.
At least the fence got painted.
The city sure has been on top of the By-Law infractions against this house, and have enforced the painting of the fence. I am so glad my tax dollars are being spent where it is really needed. Because Lord knows fresh paint on a fence is far more important than the structural integrity of a house.
Let's hear it for the City.