Grafton woman erects sign to show frustration over response to mudslide

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GRAFTON, IL (KPLR) – A Grafton woman, unhappy with progress to remedy damage to her home caused by a December 28 mudslide, built a sign on her front porch to let the world know how she feels.

The sign on Joanne Groves' front porch reads, "Mudslide courtesy of Grafton... unlivable since 12/28/15."

Evidence of the mud slide from the steep hill behind Groves' home is still evident.  Grafton officials are certainly aware of the mud slide damage.  In fact, in back of a parking lot right next to city hall there is a sign in front of a similar steep hill that reads, "Keep Off Hill Slide."

Groves said she constructed the sign Friday, and heard from Grafton officials Monday morning.  She was told she had to remove the sign because she did not apply for building permits.

"I told him I wasn't going to get it down this week because I don't have anybody to help me.  And he said, at first, I had to have it down by next Monday.  Then he changed it so I had to have it down Friday evening, before the weekend traffic."

A reporter left a couple of voicemails for Grafton officials late Monday afternoon.  In February, the mayor said city officials were going to work with engineers to come up with a construction plan, along with estimates to help get things cleaned up.

Groves said she and some of her neighbors will take the issue up with city officials Tuesday night, at a 7:00 city council meeting.