UPDATE: Woman at center of greeway project dispute to serve 2 days in custody
Dunlap woman claims the city is trying to take her property to make way for a Green way Project. She claims they are using code violations to force her out. City officials say the historic home is a public safety hazard, the two sides collided Tuesday morning.
UPDATE: A Dunlap woman will serve two days in custody after she was held in contempt of court during a hearing on Thursday.
Carol Gaddy claimed in November of 2015 that the city of Dunlap was trying to take her property and make way for a green project behind her house.
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Homeowner Carol Gaddy says she feels bullied, and she called Channel 3 for help. Infuriated by a morning visit from code enforcement,
Carol Gaddy didn't hold back.
"I told both of you people that when I do allow an inspector inside of my home where I live.... that I will choose the time for it, not you sir," said Carol Gaddy.
She and her husband have been fixing up a historic Dunlap home for 18 years. She says the home was built right after the Civil War by the county's first judge. The Gaddy's admit that the home needs work.
"We are senior citizens and we wanted to do it out of our pocket," said Gaddy.
The city of Dunlap put a stop to the repairs in February, filing a lawsuit that calls the home "dilapidated and dangerous." City officials say a licensed inspector helped them come to that conclusion, but Gaddy says an inspector has never been inside her home. She put up a fence to keep them out.
"I think it's just a bunch of bullying and harassment that the city wants us to tear our house down and it's ridiculous," said Thomas Gaddy.
The Gaddys walked Channel 3 through the home to show us it has working heating and air, The home had running water as well.
"We think that he wants our beautiful creek property to make a park out of it and put out picnic tables out there because behind us... that is the Greenway," said Carol Gaddy.
Gaddy believes the city wants the land for a proposed Greenway project that would stretch from Jasper to Dunlap, but the City Attorney says that's not true.
Reporter: "You say that's not true? City Attorney Stephen Greer: No, they're in violation of all sorts of city codes, they're in the flood way and all kinds of problems with what they're trying to do. The Chancellor said we could inspect and she will not allow it we will let him deal with that."
Gaddy says she'll continue to fight and be ready for her day in court.
Chanel 3 reached out to the city's Building Codes Department to see what specific codes have been violated, we're still waiting on a call back. The Gaddy's received a signed court order that stated they have to let an inspector inside of their home. Gaddy says she wants an independent inspector to do the job -- not someone hired by the city.
"You know every city has building codes, we have building codes and they'r in violation of them," said Stephen Greer, Dunlap City Attorney.