My question involves real estate located in the State of: Pa.
Rural, scenic, gorgeous property in wooded, secluded, countryside in Pa. My land boundries junction, forming a corner of a public road, and my private road. I granted right of way 40 yrs. ago to 5 or 6 families up the hill, [private rd.] which returns back down a hill to overlook lake. Post Office could & would not deliver back rd., as it was gravel and only served 4 familes. Had a rural 'countrified' cluster mailbox in my front yard of about 5 boxes on old barn posts.
Fast forward 40 yrs., land divided off to heirs, sold, etc., and I now have 30 plus families using my road. Ok, have dealt with that issue of MY ENJOYMENT of my easement being forfeited or diminished, & 'landlockers' attempting to gain every inch of ground they can due to congestion on a rural private road..... BUT THE LAST STRAW.....THE MAIL BOXES!!!!
Each new resident has had to depreciate my property value AND impose on a gorgeous setting by putting their box on my front lawn. I guess we could dicker about zoning footage from the center of the road, although I have become familiar with 'FAIR SHARE' zoning, and can show these residents have moved their overgrown, monster posts & boxes at least 3 feet farther back from distant neighbors on either side of me on the public road.
I have been tolerate of the mailbox issue also, over the yrs., as many longtime residents whom are landlocked have also petitioned the PO to deliver back the lane. PO mantra then was 'usps can NOT deliver on private rd., lane, property????' [which they do at doorsteps everyday].
Now over 1 month ago, Sun. am, I awoke to bulldozers out my front bedroom window. There are at least 5 men bulldozing ON MY PROPERTY, [NOT EASEMENT] tearing out my plants, removing my large landscape stones, etc. I go down to see what is happening, to find they are replacing the old posts & boxes. I was the only one NOT NOTIFIED BESIDE THE POST OFFICE, whom they also neglected to tell to the chagrin of the carrier Mon. am.
I said 'you are really getting close to disturbing my drainfield & pipeworks, & you can not move your posts to the other side as that is where my tank is.'
Four hours later they were finished, but I did not get the chance to view until later that evening. They stole my box [forgot to put mine back up] and they STOLE MY LAND. Because they could not get oversized 'non - regulation, non - breakaway posts' into the roadside, one man said ' they went back farther into your bank'. Also what was a 15' bearable eyesore, has now turned into a 30' 'trailer park, condo, apt. complex, commercially zoned, LOSS OF PROPERTY VALUE' nightmare, as they left 3" between boxes.
I call Township supervisors & complain of traffic, blind intersection, safety
hazards, etc., & the fact that I am zoned rural. Am told to call PO.
PO says they won't deliver on private road. I inform po that rd. is paved
& list numerous irregularities; some as close as 1 mi. away, at the next PO.
Going through several employees, finally get the postmaster to come out to
view the private road in question.
Yeah, all these yrs. & we are told by postmaster, he will begin service
back the well maintained lane, & I can finally have the 30 plus boxes
removed from my front property. All that needed done was to set up a
meeting with 'landlockers' to see where they would like their boxes. He
assured me, that now that he was agreeing to service, my 'mailbox
OVEREXPOSURE' would end.
Put out the word to the residents whom I grant r.o.w. to, and
many do ....NOT WANT THEIR OWN BOXES UP THERE EITHER, [DETRACTS
FROM THE SCENIC, RURAL, ESTHETIC 'UNMAILBOXNESS' OF THINGS], or
are too cheap and lazy.
Now postmaster superior steps in and says I can NOT require these
residents to move thier boxes, even though service would now be
extended to the private lane. I countered that I should not be held
hostage by vindictive residents who cry when I ask them to not block
my drive when they sit on MY PRIVATE R.O.W. LANE, as they wait for
the school bus. [I have explained that I have an autistic adult child with
a history of grand mall seizures & need open access for the ambulance.]
She claims that I can not expect them to CHANGE!!! What have I
been doing over the yrs. each time a box went up. I was not notified of
the 'neighborly complaints' & the postmasters' recant until to late in the
day Fri., on the eve of a holiday wk end for them. Also, I could not get
with my attorney due to the late hr of day, I was notified of the change.
I do have the postmasters' superior coming out on Wed. am to
attempt to quiet my rage, but would like as much legal input on usps
policy, regulation, statues, precedence, & zoning help as possible.
LEGAL RECOURSE ANYONE????