This past weekend in the City of Carver had their annual event called Carver Steamboat days. It is run by the City of Carver Lions club. Which is an event that takes up the city streets, with music, vendors and a parade. What they don't want people to know is that they had to displace an Autistic Child and his family, so they can block off their home to have a out door concert and beer vendors serve beer until 12 am. on Saturday night.
Ok, I have to admit. Those who have read my blog before, know that it is our family. So let me explain the stresses that come with this. We have been trying to get the Carver Lions Club, and the City of Carver to move this event from in front of our home since we tried to move Justin's father (who was a disabled Vietnam vet. moved back to his home after an extensive stay in a rehabilitation center.) The city did nothing. When we explained that we have a disabled child who lives with us, so they should move the event else where, they just offered a hotel room. We have admit we took it. We felt we have no choice. So leaving our home to a city who doesn't care about it's constituents, and a Lions club who obviously doesn't care about the displacement of a child with autism and his care givers. We had to leave our home.
This year we have gotten ourselves a lawyer. Not much good it did us. (not that we are ungrateful for what our lawyer did for us. She was as awesome as she could be not being an expert of this section of law, she did move small mountains.) We still had to leave our home. The only up side was we got food added to their bill. So at least we didn't have to scrape for food, which we had to do the last two years.
We also found out last year that The City of Carver has been shooting off fireworks within 200 yards from our house, in doing so on the weekend after labor day weekend 2007 (or 2008) they did in fact light our home on fire. We were told this after we had gotten a new roof. This was at the time when Justin's father owned the house and was in the hospital. We also found out that they didn't have a permit for those years and not one mention to the family, from the City or from the Lion's club. So when we did get the lawyer we were told by the city we had to evacuate our home so they can shoot off the fireworks. Our lawyer called the state fire marshal. We then found out that evacuation of a family home for fireworks is 100% illegal and in contacting the state fire marshal our lawyer did get the fire works moved away from our house.
This was what was blocking us from our home. Our lawyer told us we could go home by Sunday night we couldn't believe they only left us enough room for our Honda civic to get threw the rows of bleacher and garbage cans. They moved them the next morning after we made a comment on Facebook with a picture of what they considered clearing our drive way. They said they would clean up around our yard, it took them two days and us contacting them on Facebook yet again to get them to do what they promised.
Yep this in front of our home. What would you do?
Out raged yet? It gets better. Since we have moved into this home which has been in Justin's family for 5 generations. We have been accused of trying to shut down the whole event. We asked them to move it, they then ask us to find a more appropriate site for the concert. When we point out that they have 4 parks large enough to host the event, without having to move people out of their home. They then say it wouldn't work, because people would complain. (really?) We have been asked by the City of Carver and the Lion's club why we moved there if we didn't like the event there. (again really?) We also have been asked why we are complaining, they don't offer a hotel to anyone else. (what?)
We don't want to take away their event, we just want it to be moved. So we can enjoy the celebration and even participate, maybe make people aware of the autism community.
All we are asking for is the quiet serenity of our home, and access to it 100 % of the time.
Please help this post go viral!!! Let the City of Carver, and the Carver Lions Club know that they are wrong in displacing our family.
Thank you for your support. I would also like to thank our Lawyer, who did everything she could and the State of Minnesota's fire Marshal, that got the fire works a safe distance from our home.