Question: In a recent column, you discussed the concern of a homeseller about loss of property values because of a neighbor’s mechanical work on cars in his front yard. Efforts to negotiate with the neighbor had been unsuccessful. You suggested contacting the the city of Phoenix mediation program. When we had a dispute with a neighbor about a barking dog, however, Phoenix said they did not have any mediation program. You are doing a disservice to the readers of your column by saying that the city of Phoenix has a mediation program.
Answer: Thank you for your comments. Although due to budget cuts some cities have terminated their mediation program, Phoenix still has a mediation program for barking-dog and other disputes through the Arizona Summit Law School. See phoenix.gov/law/barkingdogs/mediation.html or call (602) 464-7800. In addition, even if a city does not have a mediation program, private mediators are available online. For example, if there is a real-estate issue such as a driveway easement or overhanging tree branches, the Arizona Association of Realtors has a list of experienced mediators with real-estate backgrounds. See aaronline.com/resolve-disputes.