SEVEN HILLS, Ohio - Dorothy Glazer, of Seven Hills, sits on her back porch of her condo and stares out a shrinking back yard.
Glazer is one of four dozen homeowners in the Stone Ridge subdivision who are dealing with dramatic erosion issues due to a swiftly moving creek that carries storm water.
The erosion is so bad that Glazer claims she's lost more than 10 feet of her back yard in just the past four years. She now stares at an orange safety fence that was set up through nearly a dozen back yards.
"Little by little the erosion and now I have a fence, it's hard to look over it," Glazer said. "I could walkout quite a ways you know, but when the water comes down it goes whoops and just takes everything off the sides."
Stone Ridge residents like Tom Jaros blame the erosion problem on the city of Seven Hills. Jaros claimed the city did not take the proper precautions in working with the developer when the subdivision was set up some 10 years ago.
"They placed a whole lot of fill on the property and graded it,” Jaros said. "We're standing on probably 10 feet of fill based on some studies that were done."
Jaros is concerned the erosion will attack back patios and foundations, while in the short term the erosion is having an impact on property values.
Nancy Stepien is a Stone Ridge resident who claims she's been unable to sell her condo because of the erosion and shrinking property values.
"I bought this for the rest of my life. I loved it," Stepien said. "And then I was going to take a job in another city, I couldn't sell it. It really lowered the property values here."
To make matter worse, residents said the Seven Hills city engineer threatened to issue a $4,500 assessment to all Stone Ridge residents to help pay to have the creek rerouted.
A lawsuit initially filed against the city was thrown out. The court ruled the city had immunity in the case, but civil action is still being taken against the developer and others involved in the creation of Stone Ridge.
NewsChannel5 contacted the Seven Hills mayor's office, the city engineer and the city council member involved, but no one would comment because of pending litigation.
5 On Your Side is still waiting for a comment from the Seven Hills law director as we search for a solution.
"My backyard is nearly gone," Glazer said. "My husband and I built this condo and I don't want to move. It's just not fair."
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