Fire Hydrant Installation Angers Village Home Owner
When Maj. Scott Greenblatt saw the pictures of his front yard, he was stunned.
One corner of the lawn of his home in Pinehurst No. 6 was gone, replaced by a shiny red fire hydrant.
"He thought it was a joke," said his wife, Tammy, who e-mailed photos to her husband in Iraq, where he is on his third tour of duty. "He thought it was someone else's yard."
County work crews installed the fire hydrant Thursday morning while Tammy was running errands. She said she returned home to find work crews in her yard.
"There was a crane in the grass and a big hole," she said describing the scene. "I didn't know what was going on. I thought it was some sort of water emergency."
In Pinehurst, fire hydrants are installed by the county Public Works Department at locations recommended by the village fire chief. It isn't policy for residents to be notified of the installation, said Pinehurst Fire Chief Carlton Cole.
"I get worked up because I take a lot of pride in my home," Scott Greenblatt said in an interview from Iraq. "It's a labor of love, my yard."
Greenblatt said he has contacted several officials from the village of Pinehurst and Moore County and isn't satisfied with their responses.
"The optimal course of action is I would like to have it moved," Greenblatt said.
If that is not possible, he said he wants an apology, and then he wants experts to examine his sprinkler system and replace the sod.
Cole said county officials have inspected the work area and have said they will replace the sod and repair any damage done to the sprinkler system.
In Pinehurst, the public right-of-way covers 60 feet and includes the road, which is typically 20 feet wide, leaving 20 feet of right-of-way on each side.
The Greenblatts' home sits on the corner of Carter and Hampshire lanes. The hydrant is about 15 feet from the edge of one road and 12 feet from the other.
"The hydrant is in the public right-of-way," Village Manager Andy Wilkison said. "It's technically not on his property."
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