Hadlock Pond remade, but lawsuits continue
Jun 27, 2009 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: Times Union
Hadlock Pond may be full again behind a new dam, but residents who were devastated when the old dam gave way in 2005 have not yet been made whole.
my parent lived downstream when the dam broke four years ago. my kids and there friends were visiting my parents that weekend. i keep reading about the people who have lawsuits because they could use the pond, which makes me sick. my parents were one of the very unlucky ones who lost everything in this flood. there house and all their belongings, everything. they have been homeless for four years with no where to call home. they worked hard all their lives to retire in this home that we went to as kids for summer vacations. a place they could live comfortable on a retirement income. but now they are having a hard time finding any place to live. when it first happened they had to stay with an aunt, then found a mobile home to rent, were asked to either buy or move, the mobile home was a mess so they had to move again. now they are staying with a relative out of state, because they cant afford anything. my parent health has gone down hill because of all the stress from this. it is hard to keep up with what is going on because we live out of state. my parents are margaret and edward wright. there house was moved to the middle of the road when this happened. if you want to follow up with people on what is going on with their lives since the dam broke maybe you should try to get in touch with mr and mrs. wright since their lives have been put on hold until something is settled.
I have posted a web site at www.hitax.info concerned with perceived excessive assessments in Fort Ann. The sites main objective is to demonstrate differences between 2008 - 2009 data.
The charts list plot sizes both for length times width and in acres. Not all data is provided for both years for plot sizes. My goal is to have the information distributed to a large population so that others may compile detailed comparative data. Hopefully my data will be found to be constant with larger samples. In replies please use the subject line - hitax assessment -. I also do not link my email to avoid mail harvesters.
Find your assesment value per foot by length times width and by acre. First look at the dollar figure of your assessment, then see which demension is applied for calculation of your plot.There may be up to four valuesf or the years 2008 and 2009. This is the result of values being "floated" to obtain equlity of the measurements.
To determine assessment amount per Sq. Ft. divide the quoted assessment by the total square feet by the assessment amount.
Example:$106,144 / 15,000 Sq.Ft.=$7.076 Per Sq. Ft. Then from the chart below:
Add $5.00 and $2.00 as . 87,120 + 217,800 =$ 304,920 is the total assessment per acre.
To find the number of square feet per acre multiply the posted value by 43560. Less than 1 will yield less Sq.Ft.,over 1 more than 43560.
Assessment =$ Sq. Ft. Assessment Value = acre
$ 1.00 $ 43,560
My family who have had a house on Brook Rd, downstream from Hadlock pond was hit by the dam break. The house was ruined, so were my summers for the last 6 years, all our memories washed away. after 29 years. When I asked for a tax reduction because our house was destroyed, I was told by the town of Fort Ann NO, I explained we could not use it. Heartless as they were, after a jury trial told them to pay up so we could move on, again they said NO,
They hired the people to build the dam, they oversaw it to completion, so what excuse can they give all who had suffered. The town failed its citizens, they should have been voted out of office. Instead they fight a fight after 6 years, jury decision to get out of paying their 27% of responsibility. How sad for the people like Alice orchard and her family. and all the rest of us. Years that cannot be gotten back, pain and suffering. Shame on the town of Fort Ann, I wonder how they could sleep at night, and why is my tax dollars paying lawyers to fight me. Someone should look carefully into the spending of our tax dollars. My best holiday wishes go to all who got hurt from the Hadlock dam failure. And hoping for justice in the next year.
Susan Blumstein of Hadlock pond
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