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Private Driveways in Verona need repair

Reported by: Wayne Hereford
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Updated: 7/25/2013 7:55 pm
VERONA, Miss. (WTVA)--There are potholes all over the city of Verona.

Verona's code enforcement officer took WTVA.com took us to some of the ones that are on private drives.

Many, according to the officer, have been in bad shape for quite some time.

One woman who lives on such a road shared a story with us about just how bad it can be to live there.

"My nephews stays right down there, he's handicapped. The bus came down here and got stuck on the road.  And then somebody else came down here to get them unstuck and they got stuck on the road," said Debra Copeland who lives in Verona.

She went on to say that its high time they were fixed.

Verona Vice-Mayor Margaret Baker agrees.

"I would say the people have a general concern," says Baker.  "Because, think about it, if you're living some place and you can't really get to your dwelling, you know.  When it rains you're having to dodge the potholes and you're paying your rent."

To make matters worse Baker says it can be rough on emergency vehicles that might have to respond.

"Suppose you get sick and the ambulance has to come.  And the ambulance lands in a pothole.  The fire truck lands in a pothole.  Can't get them out.  So what do you do?" she asked.

Now city leaders say that when it comes to maintaining private drives here in town their hands are tied because there's not a whole lot legally that they can do about it.

In fact, the code enforcement officer says one option the city has, is if the local school board requests them to step in and help on a private drive.

He did say they have contacted at least one landowner and engineers to find out the costs and what it will take to repair at least one of the private drives. 

We did contact one property owner by phone this afternoon who said he had no comment at this time.

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