[StBernard] Blighted List
westley at da-parish.com
Mon Jul 10 23:19:54 EDT 2006
Butch, where did you obtain such courageousness to simply tell the truth
from the heart? I'm not one to use a beloved Disney character in blasphemy,
but if the name Mickey Mouse applies to how things are going locally, then
perhaps I'll have to do the cursing here. Lots of flat and fat-bottomed
characters holding a baton and many not performing their duties with any
concern for consequences or criticisms. In some circumstances, we can label
some actions, "heartless".
Okay, Now I'm pissed off and I gotta vent. My home has been on the FEMA
demolition list for about two months. Knowing that it would take some time
for the demolition to commence I also listed the house for sale - CHEAP.
About one week ago my realator told me that someone was very interested in
purchasing the home, but, he didn't want to buy it while it was on the
demolition list. So I made a special trip to the parish and removed the home
from the list. While doing so I was advised by parish officials that I could
not place it back on the list. SO, with fingers crossed and a St. Joseph
statue buried in the lawn I removed my house from the list, hoping to sell
it and spur neighborhood revitalization. Well "Murphy's Law" is at work and
we have not heard anything from the potential buyer for about four days. We
do not intend on rebuilding the home and if all else fails we will sell it
to the state through the LRA program. Sell really isn't the correct word,
actually "give it to the state" would be a better term. We would receive
less that $10.000 dollars for the home.
And now our parish officials are producing a "Blighted List" that most
people can't see and they are threatening us.This is too much. If I ever
even slightly entertained the notion to rebuild this home it's long gone.
Those of you who have risked everything to rebuild should be concerned. The
vast majority of the population of this parish are having their worst fears
confirmed. Instead of welcoming arms we witness "Catch 22" policies that
make the risk far to great. I just don't get it. I've had enough. I miss my
friends, but I'm gone for good. I'll do the best I can with the wreckage of
my old house, but I'll make my HOME elsewhere.
May God Bless all of us.
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