Re: Letter “30-year-old deck draws complaints,” which appeared in the Aug. 13 edition of Northern Life.
I read with disbelief the letter about the 30-year-old deck. There are just so many things wrong with that situation. If in fact the deck is not in a state of disrepair, what would lead a neighbour to complain after 23 years?
The current owners did not build the deck, nor were they ever told that there was no building permit requested at the time it was built. A building permit needs to be applied for after 30 years when nothing is going to be built with it?
Not only are they going to have to pay the current price of a building permit (what did building permits cost 30 years ago?), but they are going to be charged twice the cost because someone complained?
To protect the confidentiality of the complainants, the current owners will never be privy as to why there was a complaint about their deck in the first place?
Complainants are being treated better than the innocent homeowners. Come on City of Greater Sudbury, is there no statute of limitations for building permits?
I’ve seen cases thrown out of criminal court because the statute of limitations had passed.
In this modern day of computers, it seems it would be very easy to find the people who actually built the deck 30 years ago and make them come good for the $218.