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The Net Zero Prefab Heads Into Week FIVE Of Rain With Bay And Hounds And Foxes

What chaos at the off grid net zero prefab house and homestead.
A starving hunting dog was found in the chicken run, collapsed, too weak to eat!
Welcome, starving dog, to the modern prefab house.
Here you'll be fattened up... but not by my hens! Poor boo...

We do celebrate long weekends right up until the somber moment where the designated day begins and we stand and remember why it's a long weekend.
This year, we headed to the bay.
The rain held off awhile...
No matter where we are, some things never change:
When the rain began in earnest, on its FIFTH week, it POURED.

Looks like Deltaville got its water pipeline after all, and for free!
Snapping Turtle X-ing

I say that in jest but I do sincerely hope that they will stick to their fourth or fifth "deadline" if they don't get the number of subscribers for their "public" water line that only serves two points and not the whole area. I can only imagine how much community money has been funneled away for this issue that might have been better spent on the community over these 3-4 years. Think of it- in staff hours alone, how much?  Then all the branding, signage, ads, web site, engineering fees... all for people on the point, not the whole community...

All this time, they never even bring the word "elevation" into the conversation- as in, "You want copious amounts of expensive water so you don't have to conserve resources? You say that without it your business won't grow? Maybe instead you should be focusing on building a sea wall if you want your business around, longer..."

From the county website: "Middlesex County’s Water Authority and the Bowman-Sydnor team have re-opened the incentive connection fee period for subscribers located within the public water deployment area of Deltaville. This is the last chance to save $5,000 or more on connection fees. This new incentive period will end June 1st, 2016. Recent public meetings with the MWA and the Bowman-Sydnor team presented information indicating that more subscribers are needed to fully implement a planned water system for Deltaville. The below revised deployment map shows the first phase of the water distribution system. An additional 190 subscribers located along the routes of the deployment area are needed to make the project sustainable. Adding safe, clean source of water will increase property values and decrease insurance premiums. All residents and businesses located along the deployment area are highly encouraged to subscribe, we are close, every subscription matters.

The Middlesex County Economic Development Authority voted last week to appropriate $100,000 to create grants for businesses and commercial property owners located in the water system deployment area to sign up for water service. Under the EDA offer, individual businesses and owners of commercial properties will receive a credit of $2,500 for each connection if eligible."

Meanwhile, they're cutting ALL FUNDING for the community YMCA... So... they want the YMCA to stand on its own, but are propping up vacation homes?

They say it will decrease insurance premiums. But still there is no mention regarding how elevations affect insurance- if the insurance premium goes down because of water for fire issues, how about FLOODS?
Chasing pots of gold while, look closely, the road is under water.

Elevations of Supporters On The Points:
Average elevation of Stingray Point: 0-3'
Average elevation of Stove Point: 0-10'
Sample elevations of businesses on the points that want this:
Norville Marina: 2'
Stingray Point Marina: 6'
Deltaville Boat Yard: 26' (not bad! but worthy of such expensive infrastructure?)
Norton Yachts: 16'
Broad Creek Marina On Timberneck Rd: 2'

Of the 33 businesses who have subscribed, how many were given "grants"? I'm betting 100%.

(If only the Deltaville points' residents would embrace the more affordable option- collecting and treating their rainwater like we do at our off grid prefab... it wouldn't be a drain on the community...)
Back at the off grid modern prefab, after the bay fun, the week did not end quietly. First a starving hound, now a FOX has discovered the poultry. 
This time of year all the Mama Animals are desperate for food for their almost grown pups/kits/etc. And so, this Mama Fox came closer than she would.

The chickens are now locked up and not free range as usual. But not before Mama Fox was able to make off a favorite pet. That's the downside of free range. EVEN WITH electric fences. This is the second spring a fox has broached the fence, and killed.
A boy and his buddy, Redneck. : (
Would you stand idly by as your flock disappears?
Sorry, Mama Fox. If you don't move on... I will take you.
You took our beloved Redneck... our kids' best feathered pal, and protector of the baby chicks, whom you'll probably take next. So...

Stay tuned.

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At 5/31/16, 11:04 PM , Blogger Lillian D said...

I am so deeply sorry that the little red banty was taken away.
He had an unusual and amusing and loving life.


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