After years of uncertainty, homeowner finds out city not responsible for sidewalk

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Home is typically where your heart is, however, for Veronica Lenoir, it's also a source of frustration.

"I like my home. I like where I live, but it's kind of dangerous to me right now," said Lenoir. "The sidewalk, the concrete. It's just all torn up, all torn up."

The homeowner says she's been dealing with this wave of concrete called a sidewalk for over a decade. Lenoir says when she first moved to Chippewa Street in Baton Rouge, the sidewalk wasn't in bad shape, "I could drive in and drive out."

As time moved on she said, "It started tearing up. I thought about doing it myself, but that's a lot of money to me and I'm still paying for my house."

While many probably think the City of Baton Rouge is responsible, the city said not this time. Our 9 News Alert team tracked down an answer from city officials.

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According to city leaders, Section 2:171 of the East Baton Rouge Parish Code of Ordinances states homeowners are generally responsible for the sidewalks that border their property. Lenoir claims to have called the city several times and during one of their visits, she was given a barricade. Lenoir said, "[The barricade] sits across the concrete because I don't want anyone to fall."

"I was thinking okay, well maybe a couple of months, maybe they would do something," she said.

At the time, Lenoir had no idea the city wasn't really responsible, but city leaders say handing out barricades is more or less a safety precaution. Either way, the concrete is still an eyesore and sometimes downright dangerous.

"I'm afraid someone is going to get hurt and not only the neighbors. I have grandchildren. I can get hurt because a lot of times I stumble out here," Lenoir said. "I want to make everything look good for my home because this is where I'm going to live for the next 40 years. I'm not going nowhere, so I want it to be nice."

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