I'm in a very rural part of NJ (yes it does exist), I was having a 2 section (2 trucks) Modular home delivered to a new home site, I'm on record as the licensed Builder & the Realtor. This is the first modular home I've done.
The road the lot is on has seven other houses, a road used as a short cut to save all of 20 seconds from going to the next street. I've been told how the neighbors in the area hate me for building a new home there, they have that "everyone wants to be the last one in" mentality. Knowing this, I left a note to each of the 7 neighbors (on that road) mail boxes 3 days prior to the house arrival. The note said that we'll be getting the home delivered and that "the road in front of our location might be impassable for a short time, that I'm sorry for any inconvienience".
The morning of the delivery, I escorting the home trucks show up to the site only to be told by my excavator that the police had been there, they told him that they got a complaint from a neighbor that we'd be closing the road due to my letter. A month prior I called the town clerk and told her that we'd be moving the home there on the day, she asked me if she needed to let the police know, I said "I don't think so, I don't think there will be any problems". I also asked her for the road dept boss to ask that the low over hanging tree limbs be trimmed, I told him of when the home was being delivered too.
So, once we got to the site the cop shows up soon afterward and tells me that they had a complaint. He saw the first truck was having difficulty backing into the property, due to the curve and narrow width of the road.
He said that the police should've been notified and that we should've closed the road with flagmen. I told him that we did alert the town, notified the neighbors and didn't expect to close the road, if anything just a few minute delay while the trucks backed in. Cop said they called the town and was told that "they were aware of a project going on", that he'd talk to the chief about it and that I might get a ticket in the mail. He sugested that we get someone to flag the corners, so I flagged the far off corner, the other corner anyone could see the house sitting on the trailer in the road and could figure out that they'd have to go to the next street to get thru.
It took +/_ 90 minutes, We didn't expect it to take that long but it did.
I did get a ticket in the mail. It is a *criminal* charge that I must appear for. The fine could be up to $500 & 30 days in jail! NJS 2C 33-7
I'm so angry, I know the cop was doing his job, but this all stems from harrassment by the neighbors, as I told him and he could figure out himself. but still I got the ticket. I wouldn't mind a $100 traffic obstruction, but a criminal charge?
I'm going to fight it, pro-se. I plan on subpenaing the town clerk (as it turns out was on the job one month when I called her). I feel she should have told me to call the police if she didn't want to do it herself or didn't know what she was doing.
PS- I wasn't driving or owned the vehicles, I don't own the house or the property.
Would appreciate your thoughts...