Neighborly dispute now in the courts

Becky Vargo • Jul 21, 2015 at 2:37 PM

They claim their neighbor has blocked their access several times.


“He blocked it one time with a Quonset hut, trailer, shingles, metal bunk bed, trees and cables,” said Chris’ mother, Vicki Potter. “May 4 was the most recent with the cable across the road and some trees.”


The Potters own the back five acres of what was once a 10-acre parcel. Their driveway goes across the front five acres – property owned by Scott Lazarwicz, 13681 104th Ave.


When they bought their house two years ago, it came with deeded access, or an easement, Whitney said.


The homeowner said she was reluctant to make this into a big negative issue with her neighbor, but the actions taken against them have forced them to file a lawsuit – not only so they can get to their home, but so emergency vehicles can also get there if necessary.


Whitney said the whole thing started when Lazarwicz approached her about using the driveway further to the south, along the Consumers Energy easement.


“It was because he wanted to put up a pole barn,” she said.


The lawsuit was filed to ask for a judgment to be made to resolve the issue.


Lazarwicz has not responded to a request from the Tribune to talk about the situation.


His fiancé, Angie Lesley, answered the door when approached by this Tribune reporter, but said Lazarwicz was the one who needed to answer questions.


Calls to attorneys representing both parties also had not been returned before press time.


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