A Yarmouth, N.S., man is urging his town to change one of its bylaws after he learned he will have to pay about $10,000 to repair a broken sewer pipe that isn’t even on his property.
Rodney Crowe is asking people to sign an online petition he plans to present to Yarmouth town council next month. He is looking at a major repair job after discovering a flood in his basement a few weeks ago.
“It was all due to a sewage pipe that collapsed or became separated underneath the street in front of my house,” he said.
“The town bylaw states that I’m responsible for the pipe where it connects to the main sewer line, even though that’s right under the road. In fact, it connects on the opposite side of the street.”
Crowe feels the bylaw isn’t fair. He said if the break in the pipe is off his property, it shouldn’t be his problem.
“I called my insurance and they’ve told me they will fix the damage caused by the flood but the actual cause of the flood is on me.”
Can’t afford repairs
He said plumbers managed to clear the pipe for now, but there’s no guarantee how long it will hold up. Replacing it will cost approximately $10,000.
“I have to pay for a contractor to lay the pipe,” said Crowe. “I have to pay for a paving company to pave the street in the end and also possibly pay for a flagging company to come in and stand there with flags the whole time while they do this.”
Crowe, who works as an auto mechanic at a Yarmouth County car dealership, said he can’t afford to make the repairs.
“I’m going to have to remortgage my house or take out another loan or something,” said Crowe. “I’m stuck in between a rock and a hard place.”
Crowe said he will monitor the petition for about a month and then present it at an upcoming council meeting.
Difficult to change bylaw
Yarmouth Mayor Pam Mood can relate to Crowe’s…