Thursday, September 18, 2014

Condo?

These two letters illustrate the problems we are having trying to have a condo built in T.C.
We have been repeatedly disappointed, frustrated, led on and let down.  Dick emailed the builder yesterday to try to get a grasp on what the heck is going on.  To me, it sounds like more delays and more unkept promises.

This is the response we got from our proposed builder at Lone Tree.

Hi Dick -

I just made a comment to Lynne this week how ridiculous it must look to the newer clients that we can't start building yet.

We have had to jump through hoops to get the lots transferred and it is because of the people at Garfield Township, both old and new, in the zoning department. As of today, we still do not have title to the property. We just found out this week that the township is requiring notarized signatures from the people who currently live along Lone Pine Dr. You can imagine how difficult it is to try and coordinate that. Carol went door to door last night with a notary to try and make this happen. We are still 2 notarized signatures short. Once we have the signatures, I can have the amendment recorded with the county. After this happens, I can take it back to Garfield Township and get the building permit. This process has been incredibly cumbersome and ridiculous. I am just as frustrated as you, especially as we get closer to winter, so I completely understand where you are coming form.

I already have paid for and pulled the sewer, water and soil/erosion permit. The contractors have been lined up  and now pushed back again. I hope to see this resolved (2 signatures and recorded) by mid next week and we will start immediately. It should only take a couple days to get the permits. If I can get the concrete work done before things start to freeze, we should be in good shape to have the building ready in the spring. If winter is anything like last year it will play a role in the timeline. But I remain optimistic that we can be dried in before it gets bad outside. As long as the township doesn't throw anymore curveballs our way.

Thanks and feel free to send any questions my way. Brian

This is the letter that Dick sent to him:

On Thu, Sep 18, 2014 at 10:08 AM, Richard Steiger wrote:
Hi Brian,

As you can imagine, Nancy and I are extremely frustrated and actually, quite disillusioned by the Lone Tree situation. Our direct conversations with you were quite positive. We probably told you this before but at this stage in our lives we are no longer able to keep our home and property out here on the river maintained at as high a level as we have in the past. Because of this situation, we have decided that a condominium is where we should spend the rest of our lives.

As I think you know, we have shopped all of the condos in the Traverse City area. We determined that the Lone Tree floor plan, location, and price was the one which, by far, best fit our needs. As a result of our meetings and discussions with you and Lynne we anticipated having a condo available early last summer. It was for that reason we scheduled the closing on our house for June 1. Fortunately, the buyer has allowed us to stay in our home as renters through the summer.

Part of our frustration level might be caused by the lack of our direct communication with you. We direct our questions to Beccy who talks to Lynne who then, we assume, speaks to you, then passes the information on to Beccy who then informs us. We have been told that the unit would be finished by; early September, Mid October, end of November, before Christmas. What we have been told is that there has been a problem getting the latest permits from the county/township but the issue will be resolved in about two weeks. Then once permits were apparently acquired, the property had to be surveyed which will take about two weeks. Then another lot was needed because of the retention pond and the procedure must start all over again which will take about two weeks. The last comments were that all was good and construction would begin in about two weeks, just after Labor Day. Well, more than two weeks have passed since Labor Day but apparently nothing is happening.

Currently we have contracted with a moving firm to pack our furniture and possessions November 1 and put everything in storage. Luckily we will not be homeless, we will return to our Florida condominium for the winter. We do not wish to become full time Florida residents. We want to have a home here in Traverse City. For that reason we believe that it is imperative that we take action to determine where and what that might be.

We are aware that we have not signed a contract or anything and that you have no legal responsibility to us, but could you please give us a few answers. Is it your intention to build another condominium duplex in Lone Tree? If so, do you have a date certain when construction will begin? Can you possibly guarantee that we will have a place to come home to in May or June? Is there anything we can do to help the situation proceed?

Sunday, September 14, 2014

The Fun Continues




 Ricky. Just a note to thank you and Nancy again for making available the purchase of the excellent golf cart at a very excellent price. I had someone ask if it was a Florida car because it had no rust. It is really in good condition.
   The kids and grand kids are entirely thrilled with the " best new toy" as 10 year old Darby calls it. They were out riding around all day at the lake on Saturday. I have paths back up the hill and it was just the greatest for them. Also, they discovered the really neat trunk that can hold pumpkins.
   Thanks again and hope to see you guys in Florida.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Health 101


First on the schedule was a pack, move, and winter storage estimate from Denoyer's Moving Co.  We've already had one evaluation from the Mayflower people, so we'll have to make a choice.  Currently we are thinking that we'll be all packed up and stored by the first week in November, and then head for our home in Florida and not come back until our condo is ready in T.C.

Yesterday we went to see Dr. Burke - he is good t keeping track of all of my "numbers."  This is from a letter I sent to Emilie and Alice:

Sometimes I feel like I'm playing a numbers game.  All of my test results are presented as numbers, and  Lord only knows what they all mean.  My diabetes is better - the latest A1c number was 5.3,  Anemia is worse - latest hemoglobin number was 8.3.  Kidney function is stable, potassium and thyroid counts seem to be either too high or too low - I don't know those exact numbers.  The doctors seem to think that the cirrhosis is worse than the cancer - go figure.  Right now I'm not having any treatment at all - no chemo is definitely a good thing.  What's next remains to be seen.  I have no pain, just some discomfort from fluid retention, and I get fatigued very easily.  We are plugging along one day at a time.  Thank goodness for Richard!
Dr. Burke figured out why I'm so tired all of the time.  It's a combo of low blood pressure, low hemoglobin, and hypothyroidism.  Whee!

This afternoon we went to the mall and went mall-walking.  Haven't done that for a while.  I had fun looking around Penney's and Lane Bryant, but I was very good and didn't buy anything :)  Dick was able to find a couple of pairs of shoes that fit.  Yay.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Mr. Marshal



Marsh Wied stopped by this morning to touch base.  We had a very nice, long visit.  He is still the main caretaker of his Mom, but he makes it a point to get away on his own every so often as a respite.  He's been doing that for 8 years now.  It's quite admirable.  He's in great shape and seems content.  He'll come by again in October.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

August Geo-Breakfast in TC

  • Today we hosted the August Meet and Greet at the Flap Jack Shack.  It was well attended, and we met some really nice cachers.  I hope we see them again next month, if not before.  I appreciated Marty's help with welcoming and seating - and we were thrilled to hear of Danielle's new job :)

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    08/23/2014
    This was the first time we have attended a Geo-Cache meeting. It was nice meeting everyone.
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    08/23/2014
    What a great bunch of people. We didn't know anyone there, though we did recognize a few names. Now we have faces to go with some of the names. Thanks Basswood Bend for hosting so we ( and it sounds like lots of others) could get the event cache for the 7 Souvenirs of August.
    TFTC
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    08/23/2014
    Thanks for a good time and meeting new people
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    08/23/2014
    Well, that turned out to be quite an event. Every one seemed to agree that the food was excellent but that's what we expect at the Flap Jack Shack. The turn out was fantastic! We including kids and babes in arms, we counted thirty nine, we told them on Wednesday to expect about twenty four. It did drag out a bit because the waitress wanted us to all have our beverages before taking orders and to get all the orders in before serving the food. It shows the advantage of a buffet. Thanks to all who attended, it was fun to meet and greet all of you. A special thanks to Feathers who took on the roll of greeter and seat finder.
    Hope to see as many as possible at next months event.
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    Wow! What a group! It was nice to see everyone, and talk to other cachers we hadn't met before. Thanks for the great morning! The little cupcake is now passed out, she had fun!
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    08/23/2014
    Taadaaaa!!!!! TFT event! This fulfills the last of our August souvenirs we needed! Drove in from Grayling Jellystone this morning and arrived a bit late. Mama and Flirty had to stay in the truck for a bit and Papa and Crispy went in. Finally we all got inside and enjoyed a wonderful breakfast and visited old friends and made some new ones! Thanks so very much for hosting in this great spot!!!!
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    We came. We ate.
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    TFTC. Great group.
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    What a great time with new friends, good food and geocaching what more could we ask for ! Thanks for putting on such a nice event in a beautiful area.
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    Great turn out, food, and conversations. Thanks for hosting an event and helping us get another smiley.
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    Popped in to the August Breakfast so complete the August Challenge. Got a very warm welcome. Thanks for helping us complete the challenge.
    ELJLYLE & Athrilla TheHunt
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    Just got out of ER. Threw up on my way up here, but I made it! Meeting a lot of new people. Wish I felt better.
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    08/23/2014
    Out for a yummy breakfast with friends!