Plans for New School May Force Residents to Move

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Construction plans for a new elementary school may soon force some Clendenin residents to move. 

Neighbors near Fairwater Road tell 13 News, they received letters saying their land is being considered for the new elementary school. If chosen, they would need to be out by November.

Neighbors like Timmy Swiney told said they lived here for years and just recently got back into their homes after the 2016 flooding. 

“I don’t know if i can start over again,” said landowner Timmy Swiney. “Two years of 7 days a week giving it all you got, plus a full time job and it seems like its all for nothing now.” 

Officials say its part of eminent domain or the process where the government can access private land for public good. The Swiney Family has ties to this land that date back to the 1800s. 

“The only thing we’ve ever heard is what they have said in public meetings, added Swiney. “It would have been a lot easier to deal with, if we had been involved in it from the beginning. Until they pay for it or take it on eminent domain, it’s ours and they need to respect that and let us know whats going on.” 

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