This elderly couple, Ray and Kathy Hillier who has lived in the area for nearly 40 years, received this letter saying their property is holding up space where the city plans to begin construction of the project. And, as a result, the city is asking them to remove it.
According to the letter, the backyard is 21-feet over the property line and they need to move their fences and all their belongings away from the land by the end of the month.
Outraged Kathy speaks: “It’s a lot of work to take all this down. He thinks he can do it himself and he can’t. I’m not physically able to do it, and I don’t think he is either. But at least I recognize that.”
And it’s not just Kathy, People in the South Land Park neighborhood of Sacramento were surprised to get a letter from the city after it started the Del Rio Trail project, since they weren’t chosen to be part of the project.
A spokesperson from the city council stated:
“The City recently sent encroachment letters to let property owners know they need to remove their encroachment from the City property by July 31. If an owner would like to request an extension, the City asks that the property owners contact the City with an alternate schedule for removing any encroachments. The City will consider each instance on a case-by-case basis. If someone believes they have a legal right to occupy the area of encroachment, they can send the easement or other document granting such right to the Public Works contact listed at the bottom of the letter.”
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