Sent: Saturday, May 27, 2000 11:19
Subject: [cg] Bizzarre neighbor
I had the most bizarre encounter with the
neighbor of the community garden today. This time it was the
husband. He called me over to the fence while I was watering my potato
plants, "Can I talk to you?" I nodded, "sure". He introduced
himself as "Buck" -- wait, it gets better.... He then asked me "Are you
going to take care of this, this year? (he pointed to the area along the
fence-line)". I just said "yes". He then proceeded to tell me he
"didn't like (our) 'stuff' growing through the fence & hanging in his
yard." He then asked me, again, if I was going to take care of (the
area). He then said if "(we) don't, (he) was going to spray 'them' &
kill them (meaning the flowers growing along the fence). I don't want to
have to, but I will if you don't take care of it."
The conversation ended & I walked away
dumbfounded -- these people claim to be avid church-going (Methodist)
people. I had answered his question 3 times. Yet, he still
followed up with a threat to destroy church property. These are the same
people who called the W. Bloomfield code enforcement officer. The C.E.
officer came out to the church property about 2 weeks ago & said he had
received 3 complaints from the neighbors. Bottomline: We are not
in violation of any codes, ordinances, laws, etc. However, the woman
next door wants us to move the garden back from the road 60 feet to be in line
with her setback --since the garden area is in our 'backyard', this does not
apply to us.
Our congregational president was not
available. So, I called our trustee (ex-mayor of Sylvan Lake &
current police auxiliary) & our new Pastor. The trustee said to call
the police to have a record. Our pastor said to put it all in writing,
don't call the police, & she will talk to them next week.
Anyway, on Sunday, June 4, we are blessing the
garden during the services. Would you like to join us? Services
are 8:15 & 9:45 AM (Summer hours).
I'd love to hear what you all have to say
about the above!
Peace Be With You,
Cyndy Ross, Chairperson
Fellowship, SLLC Organic
Community Garden, Memorial Garden, & 'Welcoming Wagon'
Sylvan Lake Lutheran Church
W. Bloomfield, MI 48324-1808