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I had to do it! I had to create a blog so you and I could gripe about all of "The Crap" that we encounter everyday in our lives. Believe me, there is plenty! You can now come to this blog to Gripe because you have the right to do so. Over time, we will Gripe about topics ranging from sports to politics to just about all of the garbage that happens around us. When you Gripe, you can add your name or not. It's your right! You can vent any way you want. Use foul language if you are angry enough to and if you are offended, just Gripe It! Hell, we have been banned from Facebook twice! You can Gripe about people, places and things. The only thing I ask is if you are going to Gripe about someone and you use their name, make sure you have the facts straight or say it's your opinion. Otherwise they will sue your and my ass off! It's your RIGHT TO GRIPE! You can respond to one of our Gripes or you can lay down your own Gripe. It's easy. To post your own Gripe just email it to therighttogripe@hotmail.com and we will get it on. You can also post a Gripe on our Facebook page. Just search The Right To Gripe. If you don't want to write it down, just click on one of the boxes below each Gripe to give your opinion. You can also become an official "Griper". All you need to do is "Sign Up" and create an account. IT'S FREE! So, don't sit back and take it, just GRIPE IT!

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Forty Fort Borough Keeps Whacking The People

Back in June, my sister-in-law Amy C. had new front porch steps put onto her house by a friend who happens to be a carpenter, handy man kind of guy. Marty did a great job putting on the steps which included nice slatted hand rails on both sides. The job took him all of one day and cost $200.00 total. Job completed! On Friday, Amy C. got a note which was stuck to her front door from the Forty Fort Zoning officer stating that she contact him immediately because he finally noticed 2 months later that the work was done and no permit was issued. In a panic Amy C. called me and asked if I would call the Zoning Nazi to find out what the problem was. I dialed the number and got to the Zoning Officer to ask what was going on. He proceeded to ask me when the work was done, who did it and did they get a permit. I told him the steps were put up in June, Marty did the job and I wasn't sure if a permit was obtained. Of course, he already knew the answer to the last question because one was not issued. I told him again that I didn't know and asked what was needed to be done at this point. His answer, come down to the Borough Building to obtain a permit at a cost of $54.00. WHAT! ARE YOU FREAKIN KIDDING ME? $54.00! The entire job only cost $200.00! This is highway robbery! The cost of the permit is more than 25% of the entire job. This is a bunch of crap! In addition to this milking of the people, he then told me that the steps did not meet the "code". I then proceeded to ask him what part of the code and he stated that the handrails were not in code. WHAT? This job consisted of 3 steps and 2 hand rails. I went up and down the steps with no problem. Of course I said, "ARE YOU FREAKIN KIDDING ME"? His response was no I am not kidding you. So now, my sister-in-law has to go buy a permit for $54.00 for a small job that was done 2 months ago and most likely pay more money to get the hand rails up to "code". All I have to say is this is a sick joke. The borough of Forty Fort is milking its residence for every single house repair that they do. There is a permit for the contractor, a permit for the homeowner which has a price based on the cost of the job, and there is a fee to have the Zoning Nazi come out to check the completed job. This is a bunch of horse shit! Forty Fort also has the insane sewer rental fee, the counties bogus levy fee and of course the usual taxes out the ass. Shit, they might as well whack us with an air breathing fee. I don't know how much more of this I can take. I can tell you this, my money well is drying up fast. Its time "We The People" rise up to take a stand against this kind of stuff. Several weeks ago I wondered how Forty Fort was able to hire 3 new full time police officers. When I sat on council, we had no money and almost did away with the police department simply because the money was not there to keep it the way it was. All of a sudden there is money??? The people of Forty Fort should check their wallets and purses because they must feel a lot lighter these days. The filthy hands of local government keep reaching in to pilfer our hard earned cash.


  1. Your lucky you do not live in Wilkes-Barre that would cost you $500 for working without a permit, $500 for 1 man working on job and if he was not licensed in Wilkes-Barre $500. Total fine $1500.00.

    By the way the handrail is not up to code you have to be able to grab it like a round stock with no obstructions. You can't grab that 2X6.

  2. Dave C., one of our Gripers sent this via Facebook.

    It has almost been a year now, and to date I do not know of any sewer-line "upgrade" replacements that have been done. But our taxes have doubled to "take care" of this growing problem.

  3. Pay the $54 fee, fix the rails and quit whining. The rails aren't up to code. Better to fix them right before someone falls, especially a child, and the property owner has a lawsuit on her hands.

  4. Let me guess that the three comments came from the three guys working in the Forty Fort code enforcement department. The job that was previously done my one part-time employee now supposedly needs to be done by two full-time and one part-time employee thanks to politics. Who foots the bill for these salaries and the cars they drive? The residents.