BY LINDA SUTTER
Recently I had a conversation with man who is in escrow and Limbo Land. The young man purchased 4 acres of land in the Smith River area, and it is in escrow. However, squatters have moved in, and are currently harvesting his timber as well as other things from the land.
There is an old house which was condemned by the county and also blighted by the code enforcement officer, which didn’t matter to the young man because he was planning to clean everything up. What matters is he can’t get any help with the fact that there are people on his land and he can’t do anything about it. He has called the Sheriff’s Separtment and spoke with Seputy McManis, who told him in no certain terms, shrugging his shoulders and spittin out some cud, nothing we can do about it. In fact, the future land owner got the impression that Deputy McManis didn’t even like him, to which I responded that Deputy McManis doesn’t like anyone. That’s what to expect from our public service people.
What needs to be done is a law created for these instances when everything is in limbo. Regardless who the owner is; whether it is a bank, or individual, when a house is abandoned yet owned by someone, there should be a law to protect the property from squatters before escrow is closed. You can bet if it was a realtor, or someone in the community that is considered of “high standing”, something would have been done to protect the land from squatters.