Knowing contractor Ivy suggests different story |

Knowing contractor Ivy suggests different story

On Jan. 22 The Union published an account of the removal of a pine tree in August 2001 by Bruce Ivy Construction on private property adjoining the Northview subdivision on Banner Mountain.

Upon reading the article I’m sure many of your readers felt that here was just another instance of a disregard of property rights. If I did not know Mr. Ivy I might have thought the same.

My wife and I purchased property in Northview in November 2000 and hired Ivy Construction to build our home. Before any construction commenced, we met with Mr. Ivy and a local forester and arborist to optimize building space and assess the condition of the trees on the property. During the meeting Mr. Ivy repeatedly emphasized the importance of not encroaching onto adjoining properties. Our property lines were well marked by Ivy Construction. My impression was Mr. Ivy was very concerned with respecting adjacent properties.

I am sure Mr. Omarzu wrote his article on the facts he had at hand. However, in the five months between the reported incident and publication of the article in your newspaper, it appeared he didn’t dig any deeper. Why didn’t he search out other property owners in the area, like us, before the article was published? Mr. Omarzu’s article is incomplete and certainly leans toward projecting Ivy Construction as trying to pull a fast one. Nothing could be further from the truth. By innuendo the article besmirches the reputation of an honorable man and hard-working member of our community.

My wife and I have seen his contributions to this community firsthand. He has donated the expertise of himself and his staff to the 2001 “Make a Difference” day sponsored by USA Weekend magazine. He has donated time and materials to the Highland Oaks School playground, skateboard park and Hennessy playground. All of this for the community.

You do him a great disservice. I would remind Mr. Omarzu to remember and dwell upon the words of another journalist, Walter Cronkite, who said, “In seeking truth you have to get both sides of a story.”

Gary R. Steffens

Penn Valley

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