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Ethics Question

October 27, 2008

Posted By donald poole on 10/25/2008 at 9:48 PM

Has anyone else on this board actually filed a complaint with their BOR on a 'brother'?

I rec'd in the mail a certified plot plan prepared by someone I know and it included a copy of a letter from the local building inspector.

The plot plan showed a dimension from a foundation corner to the property line which met the setback requirement. There was shown another corner obviously closer to the property line but not dimensioned.

I sent the letter and plan off to the BOR. The BOR reacted within about 3 weeks and I rec'd a call from the surveyor. We are acquainted and friendly but not close friends. He was first of all disappointed that I had not called him first (good point, but I didn't want to judge and jury) and then he explained that the client wasn't supposed to turn that plan in, it was just for discussion....

I suggested that he write a letter and have the client write a letter explaining the situation and maybe the board would understand.

I explained that I was required under our statues to report the plan and since I rec'd it anonymously I felt that as the current president of our chapter I felt doubly obligated to send the plan in and make a complaint.

In retrospect I wish I called him and warned him ahead of time, but I would have still sent it I think... I am going to send a letter on his behalf because I do feel that this is not representive of his usual work.

There is one other facet of this though, he is a local town surveyor doing this work on the side (permitted if he doesn't work in the same town as his "real job" in MA.)

Thoughts?

Thanks,
Don

PS his father was a highly respected local land surveyor and he worked with him from childhood until his dad's death. I have not had a problem following his work and I do think that there were some extenuating circumstances in this case.....

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