Debris liters Smallhouse Road and Cave Mill Road after a recent accident. A new road expansion is planned to help prevent those accidents but resident Chris Early says he was never notified about the expansion, even with the new road going through his yard.
"Me being city annex, I pay city and county taxes I feel like I should have been notified about this. Even though they say it's the right of way, you can see how much land they are taking of my front yard," says Early.
But City Commissioner Slim Nash says all the work is being done by a private developer meaning it is not up to the city to notify residents.
"There are going to do all the work, build the road, and in the end the city and the county are jointly going to purchase that road and it is going to be read that day the money and the contract are exchanged," says Nash.
The private developer visited residents Friday. Stakes now mark front yards for a new turning lane which Chris Early says will make his driveway dangerous.
"I'm going to be turning into a turning lane. And having basically two or three lanes on top of that it's just going to be a mess," says Early.
Commissioner Nash says while he feels bad for homeowners, but says every property has the potential to face the same problem.
"While it feels like it is somebody’s front yard, and make no bones about it, it would feel like my front yard too the reality is that is not property owned by the land owner," says Nash.
Despite the road taking up government land, Early still worries about his kids playing out front and says more should have been done.
"I think they should have looked at more solutions, which I'm told this has been on the book for many years," says Early.
The expansion is expected to start any day. The city says they will keep residents updated throughout the expansion, including setting up a website for updates.