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Monday, July 30, 2018


Conundrum: noun, a confusing or difficult question or problem.  That is what our community has now a conundrum. The Spring wildfire destroyed 134 homes in our community - approximately half the homes in the community. The fire has gone and as the photo above reflects this is all that remains of 134 homes, dreams, lives and security. Scorched earth,  what used to be trees now reduced to pointers to the sky all black and charred.

People have gone from shock to discouraged and demoralized. As my friend Joe and myself drive around the community to survey road signs that were destroyed we go by these burned down homes. So far less than a handful of people are making any attempt to clean up the debris on their property. Why you might ask...good question.
Because the State and Federal authorities (bureaucrats all) have regulations and rules that prohibit a clean up any way but their way. The tin roofs have to be "washed on site" before they can be moved to a central location. The ashes from what used to be homes has to be wet down, double bagged in 6 mil. bags or enclosed in 6 mill sheets of plastic in a dumpster on all sides. As anyone knows wet ashes are sticky, heavy and will cling to a shovel. They are just plain a mess to deal with. Now add the goggles in the hot of the day with flies, a hazmat suit, rubber boots and gloves and guess how long you can endure this procedure.
Thus far the bureaucrats have not determined how to dispose of the cement from foundations. Based on the above two procedures it is a sure bet it won't be practical.
FEMA finally showed up and they have given us one day to provide them with the name and telephone number of those who lost their homes. Also to advise if they were insured, under insured or not insured. With people now scattered to the four winds it shows how interested they are in helping.
So this is a conundrum as to how to deal with bureaucratic procedures and plan to rebuild. Is it any wonder why people are discouraged and are more than likely going to take the insurance money and walk away.  Some already have made their intentions known and done so.
So what happens to the debris on their property in 1-3 years. It stays right there and it should be no surprise that they won't pay HOA dues or property taxes. Where does that leave the HOA and those who remain? Where does that leave the county and its significant loss of revenue? Well the bureaucrats don't much care if the county, HOA or anyone else has to continually suffer as they have their regulations and those rules and regulations identify their self importance. If a community fails or the county suffers that is not their fault. So how do you deal with these myopic bureaucrats? You don't because they are unwavering.
Supposedly this is done to protect us from asbestos. Asbestos was outlawed in the early 70's and the oldest home in our community was built in 1986. So where does this asbestos come from? Not a concern for a bureaucrat, the regulations are clear.
So having read this far you can see the conundrum, except in this case there is no solution and people are continuing to be victimized. It will be the slow death of a community. Paradise lost. 

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