Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Semi Tropic Spiritualists' Tract: Truck Got Stuck

Photo: Diane Edwardson, September 7, 2012.   A double trailer dump truck got stuck on top of Rosebud at the hairpin turn of Peru.  (Click on photo to enlarge.)
How many things are wrong here?
1. According to the conditions for approval for the 16-lot subdivision in the Semi Tropic Spiritualists' Tract, they are only supposed to use Allesandro Street for access to the property for all truck traffic.  No use of the Hillside streets is allowed, as there is only one means of access to the entire hillside.
2.  It's a double trailer dump truck.  According to the conditions for approval, only single trailer dump trucks are allowed.
3. The driver told a neighbor, he was lost trying to find 2055 Elmoran.  2055 Elmoran is the address on the building permits, which is in the middle of Hillside streets, which they are not supposed to be using.  (They hid the permits under 2055 Elmoran, misspelling El Moran, and not using the public address they used in their public relations: 2400 Allesandro.)
4.  Random point: The truck was stuck at the where the hairpin turn to Peru from Rosebud is slated for 6 single family homes - downslope side of the hill from the truck.  Another developer for that project is requesting frontyard setback variances. 
Photo: Diane Edwardson, September 9, 2012.  Neighbor have been reporting a lot of truck traffic up on the Semi Tropic SPiritualists' Tract extremely substandard Hillside streets lately. 
5. Perhaps the problem is the sign identifying the property as 2055 Elmoran has gone missing from the corner of Allesandro St & Rosebud Ave. 
We made the aforementioned points in every step of public comment - in writing, throughout the approval and appeal process - because we knew this would happen.  And sure enough, there was an incident with a neighbor trapped by the truck, unable to get down the hill to pick up medication for a sick family member.