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(@Spartygrad95)
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A few months back, someone on the private road we live off of, decided to erect a 24 inch retaining wall on a portion of one side of the road, while digging a ditch on the opposite side of the road. I'm sure it is the house below the road who is trying to slow water coming down onto their property. The problem is, they have taken an already extremely narrow road and made it way worse and they have also created a Zika pond that gets up to a foot deep after rain. I was just going to smash a hole in it with a sledge, but my wife said I should call someone. Who should I call? Thanks

 
Posted : June 11, 2016 10:40 am
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There is a senatorial candidate who has mentioned an issue on retaining walls. I don't know anything about her other than the fact that she wants the retaining walls enforced. In addition to contacting DPNR, you might want to send an email to friendsofjuliajosephsimon@outlook.com.

 
Posted : June 11, 2016 10:50 am
(@the-oldtart)
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My guess would be, first DPNR.

 
Posted : June 11, 2016 10:51 am
(@Spartygrad95)
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I thought as much. I still like my suggestion better. There is still a deep pond there 3 days after rain. I don't want to know what the road will look like after a 4 or 5" rainfall. Luckily we both have SUVs or it might be impassable for lower vehicles.

 
Posted : June 11, 2016 10:54 am
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The Dept of Health also has a Zika hotline where you can report standing water. Here's their website.

http://www.healthvi.org/

 
Posted : June 11, 2016 11:10 am
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They would have to have been issued a permit by DPNR in order to build the retaining wall. If not, they did so illegally and DPNR can make them remove it, at their expense.

 
Posted : June 11, 2016 12:02 pm
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The Dept of Health also has a Zika hotline where you can report standing water. Here's their website.

http://www.healthvi.org/

the Zika fear campaign is stronger than I thought....

 
Posted : June 11, 2016 12:31 pm
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The Dept of Health also has a Zika hotline where you can report standing water. Here's their website.

http://www.healthvi.org/

the Zika fear campaign is stronger than I thought....

Fear campaign? Microcephaly is part of a campaign of fear?

 
Posted : June 11, 2016 12:35 pm
(@Spartygrad95)
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The Dept of Health also has a Zika hotline where you can report standing water. Here's their website.

http://www.healthvi.org/

the Zika fear campaign is stronger than I thought....

Fear campaign? Microcephaly is part of a campaign of fear?

 
Posted : June 11, 2016 12:35 pm
(@mtdoramike)
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My response is, stop looking for a fight. As long as it doesn't personally affect you, let it be. There is standing water all over the place. It never fails, you think you are living on an island with laid back attitudes and pretty much be able to do what you want unless you are committing a major crime. But then there is always some stuck ups that move down, forgetting they aren't in Kansas anymore and looking to pick a fight over a three day watering hole. Go ahead, take your sledge and punch a hole in the wall and see if you don't start something you may or may not be looking for.

mike

 
Posted : June 11, 2016 12:54 pm
(@alana33)
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Mike has a point.

That being said, it there is noncompliance with this issue with regards to a permit, you can contact DPNR Enforcement. Timothy Smith used to be the head of enforcement there. Don't know if he still is.

I have found it best to get all neighbors affected by a zoning violation to sign a petition to submit to DPNR. Then no one person is singled out, should the owner turn out to be a real ass. You'll need the property owner's name and physical address to file a complaint.

 
Posted : June 11, 2016 1:46 pm
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You can usually find the property owners info here:

http://www.mapgeo.com/usvi/

 
Posted : June 11, 2016 2:03 pm
(@Spartygrad95)
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My response is, stop looking for a fight. As long as it doesn't personally affect you, let it be. There is standing water all over the place. It never fails, you think you are living on an island with laid back attitudes and pretty much be able to do what you want unless you are committing a major crime. But then there is always some stuck ups that move down, forgetting they aren't in Kansas anymore and looking to pick a fight over a three day watering hole. Go ahead, take your sledge and punch a hole in the wall and see if you don't start something you may or may not be looking for.

mike

Hmmm. I should accept a lake in the middle of the road I have to travel down without options that holds water (not for three days), but for weeks sometimes, and subject my family to mosquito borne disease? I'm not some "stuck up" person from Kansas at all, but I suspect the person who created this problem is. So they decided to make their problem everyone else's problem. No worries. I got out of car and got a closer look today. Mother Nature is already taking care of the issue. All the plaster they put on the cinder blocks is already coming off. One big storm and they will not only have all that water but a bunch of cinder blocks in their driveway. Namaste

 
Posted : June 11, 2016 5:55 pm
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Smash a hole in it.

 
Posted : June 11, 2016 8:39 pm
Exit Zero
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If it is already having failure points it is very likely there was no DPNR permit as they would have wanted some kind of engineering plan. You can also go to DPNR at the airport and ask for any permitted retaining wall drawings on that parcel.
If you continue to allow it to remain the folks who built it will likely re-enforce the failures and your problems will only get worse. Do the homework, get some community involvement and contact the proper agency - it is better than a confrontational situation - just MHO

 
Posted : June 12, 2016 1:25 am
(@Spartygrad95)
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If it is already having failure points it is very likely there was no DPNR permit as they would have wanted some kind of engineering plan. You can also go to DPNR at the airport and ask for any permitted retaining wall drawings on that parcel.
If you continue to allow it to remain the folks who built it will likely re-enforce the failures and your problems will only get worse. Do the homework, get some community involvement and contact the proper agency - it is better than a confrontational situation - just MHO

Yeah. My wife always wins out on my wanted outbursts. I'll call DPNR Monday and see what I can find out.

 
Posted : June 12, 2016 1:39 am
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You can usually find the property owners info here:

http://www.mapgeo.com/usvi/

That is pretty cool... never knew about that site. 45 minutes of my morning just disappeared 🙂

 
Posted : June 12, 2016 9:17 am
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Be aware mapgeo doesn't recognize 100 percent of the parcels. It hasn't got a clue about my condo property part from the boundary lines.

 
Posted : June 12, 2016 4:58 pm
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Be aware mapgeo doesn't recognize 100 percent of the parcels. It hasn't got a clue about my condo property part from the boundary lines.

Does it list any type of owner [ corp./LLC/trust] of the parcel within those boundary lines?

 
Posted : June 12, 2016 7:31 pm
(@Scubadoo)
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nada. Doesn't even highlight the boundary lines which I assume is because it doesn't know anything about it.

 
Posted : June 12, 2016 8:17 pm
(@watruw8ing4)
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I agree that Mapgeo is helpful sometimes. But I wouldn't trust its accuracy. It's really messed up where I live, and came up short when we were trying to find out about the properties beside and behind ours.

 
Posted : June 13, 2016 10:24 am
(@IslandHops)
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You can usually find the property owners info here:

http://www.mapgeo.com/usvi/

That is pretty cool... never knew about that site. 45 minutes of my morning just disappeared 🙂

There are errors in this geo data - but despite contacting them multiple times it seems no one is interested in fixing it. I wouldn't rely on it being 100% accurate.

 
Posted : June 13, 2016 10:30 am
(@Spartygrad95)
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I solved the problem of the flooding road. I just moved. Worked out perfect. Our new landlords want to do construction. We wanted a bigger place. Someone else's headache now

 
Posted : July 2, 2016 7:01 pm
(@alana33)
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3 years...? 3 moves?
Good luck in your new digs.

 
Posted : July 2, 2016 8:40 pm
(@Spartygrad95)
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3 years...? 3 moves?
Good luck in your new digs.

First one was my choice. Wife hated it
Second one we both like but we need bigger now since our boy is older
We are neighbors now. I'm in upper Dorothea.

 
Posted : July 2, 2016 10:18 pm
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