And the saga continues …
Well first for the good news. Today we framed out the footings. That means that we laid out the wooden frames which will hold the concrete for the foundation of the foundation. We also spent a while pumping out ground water and demucking the area. But most of the day was devoted to designing a solution for the “dry stack” foundation of the existing house. i.e. while excavating we realized that the existing foundation is just a pile of loose rocks that without the support of the ground around it are just going to crumble and fall out. This is our first unforeseen expense adding $3,200+ to the project for the solution which we settled on which is to create a cinderblock step formation to cover the dirt and stones of the old foundation and then pour concrete to hold everything in place.
Now for the ridiculous part. My neighbor served me with legal proceedings from the Supreme Court of New York. She had a survey done of her property which places the line somewhere between where she claims it belongs and where my survey claims it belongs. In other words she is contesting 1.5 feet of land between our properties. Her lawyer filed a petition to issue me a “show of cause” and a restraining order halting my work until I can prove that I am not building on her land.
Of course this is totally frivolous and outrageous because even according to her survey my construction is still many feet away from her property and even my old fence is 2.7 feet into my property. But they insist. I am grateful to the judge who struck the “stay” order to halt the work from the proceeding and issued only a show for cause. Which means we can continue on schedule but at sometime before June 28th I will need to respond to her claims.
Well tomorrow if the building inspector likes our frames we will have the cement truck here and fill those wooden structures with concrete laying the foundations for greater expression of Judaism in New Paltz.
May this be the final step in the foundation of the Holy Temple allowing the rest to descend from heaven with the coming of Moshiach Now!