What To Do About an Old Privy
We just had a lot of landscaping work started this morning on our 95 year old Craftsman/Victorian home (it's a mishmash of both).
Upon digging up all the old ivy, crap trees, bees nests and hidden slate in the area where my new paver patio was to go the landscaper discovered an old privy pit which has water in it (or a well, but we all believe it to be a privy pit).
Needless to say, the paver patio can not go there now, and I have to move it elsewhere, and there is little space to be had as is.
But that's the least of it. The pit, was not shown on my home's block and lot plan. So, the town has no idea about this. I do not know if I should report it to them, and have it filled legally or if we should fill it on our own, and if so - how do we go about doing this?
The pit will now be incorporated into a garden area, so there isn't any chance of anyone ever stepping into it. The cover that was on it is going back on it for now (cement), and it will be covered up with dirt and mulch for the time being and the location marked so we know where it is.
Any help appreciated. We really don't know how to handle this.