Margate homeowner Bill Philips wants to know why City officials won’t let him beautify orphaned land. Philips even offered to help fix the problem. He would beautify the area with his own money.
During the recent re-configuring of the intersection, a new plot of land was left behind. A byproduct of the safety project at the intersection. Contractors threw down some seed and covered it with straw.
On Nov 15, Philips reached out to the City of Margate via the letter below. He already had preliminary discussions with Public Works and Zoning. Philips says both were agreeable to his offer to maintain that potentially orphaned, property.
Bill Philips: I offered the City of Margate to maintain this new property. Whether it’s deeded to me or not. In addition to paying for the sod, I would also add an additional zone to my existing sprinkler system, as well as approved landscaping that wouldn’t obstruct the line of sight for traffic there. Again, all at my expense, not the city.
Margate City Solicitor Abbott Publicly Warns Homeowner.
Philips asks: Is this for spite? Margate installed seemingly needless, orange-linked barrier/fence between his house and the corner at 8201 Amherst Avenue.
Philips says he spoke with Frank Richetti from Public Works. Philips asked if it would be OK for him to install sod, at his expense, in that spot. Philips would maintain the plot as well.
Philips says he spoke with both Frank Richetti of Margate Public works, and Zoning Officer, Roger McLarnon. Were both pleased to hear that Philips would take care of this spot….by himself….on his own dime?
Philips: Several neighbors have called us asking why the ugly fence was there. We believe that the only reason for this eyesore is the unlawful retaliation and spitefulness by the Margate Commissioners.
Philips says Margate leadership would rather use city money to pay for maintenance of this new corner… than have my wife and I pay for it.
Philips: Installation of the additional sidewalk. It was not part of the original contract. Mayor Becker asked engineering firm if it was necessary to install a second sidewalk. Philips says a second sidewalk wasn’t needed.
Biggest issue with newly constructed corners: lack of communication from Margate City Hall. Residents never informed of pending project.