ALLEGAN, Mich. — Several companies are coming together to help an Allegan family after they say they were left with a bill for thousands of dollars and a mess in their yard thanks to a logging contractor who botched the job.
Sheryl Parrish told the FOX 17 Problem Solvers earlier this month that what looks like severe storm damage to her property is actually the work of Dallas Anderson’s company, J.R. Logging. The mess all started with a fill-in-the-blank contract that said he would cut down 10 walnut trees and she would get $800.
According to the family, not only did Anderson cut down more than 10 trees, but he went over property lines and took out a power line in the process. Anderson promised the couple he had insurance, but then they got a huge bill from Consumers Energy.
After months of threats and broken promises from J.R. Logging, the family is getting results. A lumber company gave them more money than J.R. Logging promised for the logs, and Axman Enterprises contacted the Problem Solvers saying they would take care of the clean-up for free.
"It took a huge amount of pressure off me," Sheryl Parrish said.
Consumers Energy originally said if they couldn't track down Anderson or if he didn't have insurance, the homeowner would be responsible fore the $7,000 bill for the damaged power pole. However, as of Monday Consumers says the Parrishes won't have to pay that bill.
The Parrish family is warning people to always ask for physical proof of insurance before you let any contractor start work, even if they have referrals or if other people said they had a good experience with them.