Ditzler hearing set Thursday
By Joe Baker
By Joe Baker
A status hearing will be conducted this week on the case involving settlement of the property taken from Tom Ditzler for the Springfield-Harrison Avenue extension project.
The hearing, according to Ditzlers attorney, Vern Davitt, and Gary Kovanda of the Winnebago County States Attorneys office, is to determine where the case stands and whether it should be set for trial.
County officials used the quick take provision of the eminent domain law to take the property when the road project was begun. The county offered Ditzler a sum of money for the land, which he rejected as inadequate.
In the course of protests over the seizure Ditzlers daughter, Christina, and Jessie (Crow) Mermel were arrested and accused of smearing mud on a county deputys uniform. The two were acquitted in court.
Davitt said there are a few other issues besides compensation for the property. He said there are some difficulties with water flow, caused by alterations to the land for the road construction. Davitt said water flows onto Ditzlers property and may increase damage there.
He said there also seems to be some confusion over property lines, which has resulted in some trees on Ditzlers property being cut down by the county. These issues will be brought up at the hearing.