Dear “City Violations”: Thanks for taking your curiosity trip down our upgraded road here on Green Ridge Heights Road off of Old Lincoln Trail. Those living here for 30 years and much longer were tired of our basements flooded by rainwater not properly drained, delivery trucks unable to make deliveries, but, thankfully, we have not had a case when an emergency vehicle could not make it down the street due to the below-standard street width.
Also, what you thought was an “old abandoned bus” is none of the three. It is a recreational vehicle, or camper and it has never been “abandoned,” and has always been registered, insured, and in nearly constant use for now over 15 years since its owner, a disabled veteran, has used it as at time the only means to be able to travel with his disability. Granted in its previous life it was a tour bus and it is “vintage” but now restored.
Now due in some part to your bad information about the “abandoned bus” the city of Fairview Heights informed me I now will need a variance which will cost funds and much time. This in spite of their repeated verbal assurance before I donated (for $1) land for the street improvement, that parking for our RV was “grandfathered.” Conveniently no official seems now to remember the oral agreements that my RV parking was “grandfathered.” Now I must fight another battle besides my disability.
Jerry Coombs, Fairview Heights