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Martin County Officials Urge DNR To Delay Action Against Cabin Owners

White River East Fork sign

Seven homeowners living along the White River in Shoals received a letter last month saying they were in violation of the Flood Control Act. (Adam Pinsker, WTIU/WFIU News)

Martin County Commissioners and Council members wrote the Indiana Department of Natural Resources urging the agency not to evict several cabin owners.

Seven homeowners living along the White River in Shoals received a letter last month saying they were in violation of the Flood Control Act, a law passed several decades ago.

The letter ordered the homeowners to leave or face a $500 fine each day they are in violation.

"When these cabins were built no one knew they were in any violation, obviously they wouldn’t be built and I wouldn’t have bought this knowing they were in violation,” says Ted Oshier, who was among those to receive the letter.

I think the leg you have to stand on is selective enforcement, on this could be construed by most as harassment,” Commissioner Dan Gregory told homeowner Adam Greene at a meeting Tuesday night.

State Representative Shane Lindauer and State Senator Eric Bassler are considering legislation to remedy the situation, but it wouldn’t take shape until the 2020 legislative session.

“The chance of it going to other counties around the state and happening to others would be pretty scary," says Greene.

A DNR spokesperson says the agency does not comment on pending litigation.

This story has been updated.

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