Sliding hill threatens Clifton Heights house

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Officials to meet Tuesday to discuss threats

By Kevin Koelling, Managing Editor

CANNELTON - The Cannelton Board of Public Works and Safety will convene a public meeting in the council room at City Hall at 9 a.m. Tuesday to discuss a landslide threatening a house and street in the Clifton Heights subdivision.

Members of the city's board of public works and safety and common council discussed the issue at regular meetings April 13, when Street Commissioner Charlie Davis said a shifting hill forced him to shut down parts of the loop composed of Upper and Lower Clifton Heights roads.

"The hill has always been sliding," he said, explaining digging by homeowner Kenny McFall next to a back wall allowed more shifting to occur.

"I brought it to the city's attention about six years ago," Councilman John Young III said from the audience during the works-board meeting.

"What the state did with new (Indiana) 237 didn't help," works-board member John Yaggi added.

McFall's building isn't occupied, but he said during the council meeting that followed his daughter intends to live in it.

"The road's unsafe," McFall told the council, explaining water entering road cracks is damaging his foundation. "I need help from the city to fix the road or close it."

Vacating a road is a lengthy process that involves notifying affected property owners, advertising and conducting a public hearing, city attorney Chris Goffinet explained. "You can temporarily shut it down if there's a problem," he added.

The mayor said Friday he'd gone back to the property the day after the meeting, and with rain likely in coming weeks, there may not be much the city can do to remedy the problem immediately.

"Lutgring Brothers feel like they've stopped it," he said."