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A ditch dilemma, Southern Tier couple left unhappy with necessary town roadwork

Posted at 6:34 PM, Jul 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-30 18:34:12-04

FREEDOM, N.Y. (WKBW) — A Southern Tier couple claimed workers from the Town of Freedom are tearing up their property, but the town said this work is standard and necessary.

There has always been a ditch on Kelly and Jeff Reigle's property. The couple said that Tuesday morning it got about five feet wider, and now has an uneven line.

"I'm disabled and I'm going to have a hard time cutting my grass with it looking like this," said Jeff.

Town of Freedom Highway Superintendent Jim Haggerty said he's just doing his job, cleaning out the ditch to get rid of water. He said that this widening of the ditch can happen when you do this type of work. Additionally, the extra width that was added to the ditch can't be filled in because it would just need to be cleaned again. Reigle said today's work was a hit to his property's face value.

"It's very disrespectful being a corner lot like this we try and keep our place looking decent here, and you wake up and you come out to this," he said.

Reigle wants a straighter property line leading into the ditch. Haggerty said other homeowners have not complained to him, and if the Reigles are unhappy with the job they can "vote for somebody else in two years."