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Feds plan to chop down Idaho man’s $14,000 treehouse

Posted by on Jun. 11, 2012 at 8:21 AM
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Tremain Albright has spent more than $14,000 building and renovating a treehouse along the Kootenai River in Bonners Ferry, Idaho. But the Army Corps of Engineers says the house must be torn down or the city could lose more than $128,000 in federal funding.

KTVB reports that the Army Corps of Engineers says the house is too close to a water levy in the river and could damage the levy if the tree were to collapse.

"It's a sad day, I'm not real happy," Albright told the station. "It's very special. There's probably nothing else like it … within the state of Idaho."

Albright says the money he spent on the treehouse was used converting it into a guesthouse, and he had received a special variance exemption back in 2007 that he thought was permanent. The Army Corps of Engineers will most likely cut down the treehouse on June 15.

"I still feel like this is just an action of big government," Tremain said. "We were totally helpless. The city's helpless, and they are pretty much held under the gun."


http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/sideshow/feds-plan-chop-down-idaho-man-14k-tree-201209155.html



I think they should have to pay him for it.

by on Jun. 11, 2012 at 8:21 AM
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MrsSamMerlotte
by Bronze Member on Jun. 11, 2012 at 8:23 AM
Poor guy. tgey should have to pay him
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unspecified42
by Bronze Member on Jun. 11, 2012 at 8:24 AM
Why would they pay him for it? unless he was incorrectly told that the variance was permanent, thats on him to research.
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Aslen
by Silver Member on Jun. 11, 2012 at 8:26 AM
Id move tje tree
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stormcris
by Christy on Jun. 11, 2012 at 8:32 AM
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The Army Corp of Engineers approved it originally. The permanance was changed by the change of the Army Corp of Engineers.

Quoting unspecified42:

Why would they pay him for it? unless he was incorrectly told that the variance was permanent, thats on him to research.


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unspecified42
by Bronze Member on Jun. 11, 2012 at 8:33 AM
Where are you reading that?


Quoting stormcris:

The Army Corp of Engineers approved it originally. The permanance was changed by the change of the Army Corp of Engineers.

Quoting unspecified42:

Why would they pay him for it? unless he was incorrectly told that the variance was permanent, thats on him to research.



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stormcris
by Christy on Jun. 11, 2012 at 8:34 AM

Video at link.

Quoting unspecified42:

Where are you reading that?


Quoting stormcris:

The Army Corp of Engineers approved it originally. The permanance was changed by the change of the Army Corp of Engineers.

Quoting unspecified42:

Why would they pay him for it? unless he was incorrectly told that the variance was permanent, thats on him to research.




Fear of serious injury alone cannot justify oppression of free speech and assembly. Men feared witches and burnt women. It is the function of speech to free men from the bondage of irrational fears.
Louis D. Brandeis
my_babies_n_me
by Member on Jun. 11, 2012 at 8:40 AM
They should reimburse him for the money he has in it.. That's the fairest way to do it, IMHO.
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hopealways4019
by Silver Member on Jun. 11, 2012 at 9:31 AM
That sucks, I hate losing a $14 investment.
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katy_kay08
by on Jun. 11, 2012 at 9:36 AM

This is a hazard one takes when they build to close to a changing river.  

yourspecialkid
by Platinum Member on Jun. 11, 2012 at 9:39 AM
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 They need to pay up then or try and move it.

I like how they say it "could" if it "did" as reason for the tearing down.  My car "could" cause some damage if it "did" hit someone..I am not going to stop driving it though.  kwim

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