Thursday, August 14, 2008

"You've Been Caught"

I love getting mail, but not this kind. Several days ago we received a notice from Springville City letting us know that the building permit to finish our basement, had expired without having a final inspection from the city which is needed so the home can have an official certificate of occupancy.
Now, we've lived here for 8 years, and the basement was totally finished when we moved in, SO, was this ever a big surprise for us! Apparently, the city is going through all their records before they go computerized and "caught" our home's non-compliance.


The inpsector came on Tuesday to inspect the basement. He found several minor things that needed to be fixed in order to meet city codes, and one kind of major thing. We have to drywall all the walls around and underneath the stairs. At least it's something we can most likely do ourselves! (But one more thing on our plate. ) I feel like calling the previous owner and asking them to come take care of all these things they should have done in the first place, so we can pass inspection, but I probably won't.

ALSO, today I was driving us to Emily's school open house to meet her teacher. There was construction and a detour in the road, so I had to take another route on a road I amost never travel. I was sailing along showing Emily some horses off to the right, when I whizzed past a policeman. I instantly knew I was going too fast and he was coming after me. He wasted no time getting those lights on. It's always SO embarrassing!

Wouldn't you know, I had the registration, but NO current proof of insurance. I told him the truth about showing Emily the horses and not traveling that road very often, and he had mercy on me. I got off with a warning for the speeding, (42 in a 25 mph zone) but he cited me for not having current proof of insurance. Fortunately, if I go into the Springville City Court and show them my insurance card, I won't have to pay any fines and the citation will go off my record. Whew! And I dodged a $157 speeding ticket, so I feel pretty blessed! But I think I've had enough attention from Springville City for awhile!

6 comments:

Farrell Family said...

What a bummer! But that is nice that you didn't get a ticket. Hmm...now I wonder if our proof of insurance is in the car. Better go check!

Nicia said...

Dang! Will our family ever get a break?!! I guess you did by not getting a big ticket. And at least you were honest with the speeding. That's so rediculous about the house though...if it were me, I would totally call the guy who sold you the house! I mean, at least let him know that he should have at least made you aware of it. But you know me! :)

Rachel H. said...

WHAT THE?!?! I would be SO upset! It is so frustrating that people are dishonest like that. But way to dodge the speeding ticket. Ohio was merciless on my 3rd day of being here and not knowing the city speed limit...even though he knew we were new here, he didn't car. Bummer...

Stephanie said...

Wow, such excitement! I'm glad you were able to avoid the ticket, hope you can get the basement all taken care of!

Karen said...

Yeeouzza! What a bummer about the basement! You have found so many things wrong there...I would be ticked, but I guess now you'll know it's up to code and you won't pass on the mistakes.

I'm with Sarah...I better go check and see if the proof of insurance is in the car:)

Calista said...

Glad you got off with a warning. You might want to remove that particular picture, though. Or doctor it a bit because you have a LOT of very personal information visible on that. Not to be jumping at shadows or anything, but the wrong people could do an awful lot of damage with what you've got there...