Last week I came home to find this notice on the front door:
We had pushed the truck up onto the lawn last fall at the request of the city so they could work on the road (resurface with that crappy tarred gravel).
The rear bumper of the truck was just barely over the water meter. There was at least 18 inches clearance above the meter cover.
In case it isn't clear, the text the meter reader crossed out was "dirt, bark, debris". Now I'm thinking just how lazy do you have to be not to brush away a little dirt or bark off the cover of a water meter? And, for the record, I had no problem lifting the cover and seeing the meter with the truck parked over it. But I pushed the truck up a bit anyway.
And since the truck has been there for the past 9 months you can tell how often the city reads the meter so that I get an accurate bill.