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Tell City family fights city for new driveway

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Tensions over Tell City's plan to annex more of Perry County have been heightened following a dispute between the City and a local family.

83-year-old Mary Hearst's daughter Jo-ann Schroeder says a busted culvert caused the driveway to cave-in several years ago.

Schroeder says after several visits with Mayor Barbara Ewing, the City Council, and the Board of Public Works the City has decided fixing this is not its responsibility.

Schroeder says the City Council created a new ordinance in May that releases the City of responsibility for ditch repair.

Schroeder and Hearst say they've also spoken to the Army Corps Of Engineers who, according to a map, say the water is part of a natural stream and therefore nullifies city ordinances on ditch work.

Hearst says the end of the driveway is dangerous and limits access for emergency services.

As a city taxpayer for nearly 50 year Hearst doesn't believe she should have to pay to have this fixed.

"They made an ordinance for us," says Schroeder. "You know, there was no ordinance for ditches. And now, there is one. When they get you annexed in, and you're part of the city, things like this happen. And that's really, I just think that's awful that she has to put up with all this."

Annexation takes effect on July 8th.

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