Kentuckiana reaches out to help Bardstown family in need of permit


by Claudia Coffey

Posted on October 8, 2013 at 6:37 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 8 at 6:40 PM

BARDSTOWN, Ky. (WHAS11) – There are new developments, barely 24 hours, after our exclusive story about a family in Bardstown.

They were being told by the city they had to remove a wheelchair ramp built for their 6-year-old disabled child because the landlord didn't get a permit. The family didn’t have the money to pay.

But our viewers across Kentuckiana were outraged, and you let us know on our Facebook page and The Rant line. It made you so raised the money.

Bob and Alice Pyles don't even know Stephanie and Scott Hadley but like so many across Kentuckiana they were touched by the Hadley’s daughter Faith, they drove to Bardstown to help them out personally.

"We felt like it was really bad for your daughter to have another challenge put on her, so we are bringing you the $200 so you can go ahead and apply for the waiver so you can keep your walk and if something happens and you don't use it for that, then use it for her. Whatever you all need," Bob Pyles, New Albany resident, said.

The city informed the Hadleys that their ramp would have to come down by Friday because their landlord didn't request a permit to build it in the first place and it wasn't in compliance with the ordinance, which is 25 feet from the sidewalk. They can get a waiver for $200 but the landlord has to apply for it. The Hadleys have been caught in the middle.

"People have been messaging her page and saying we don’t have much but what can we do to help. And everybody just wants to help and it is just so sweet," Stephanie Hadley, Faith’s mother, said.

The Pyles' found the whole argument ridiculous to begin with.

"Sometimes cities get on little things that need to be passed and sometimes the big things get overlooked," Bob Pyles, New Albany resident, said.

They too have a daughter with special needs. Faith's story brought Alice to tears.

"She's definitely been a true blessing to us too," Hadley said.

Faith was born with a birth defect and uses prosthetics and a wheelchair to get around. She'll come home from her grandmother’s Tuesday night to get the good news that her ramp will stay.

One city councilmember says the city's gotten a bad rap over this. He thinks that the landlord should bear part of the blame because he didn't follow the law in the first place.

Councilman John Royalty says he'll make sure the ramp stays put.

"I don't look for them to tear this down. That's not gonna happen. The council, planning and zoning, nobody is that evil," John Royalty, Bardstown councilman, said.

To help with Faith's ongoing medical issues a fund has been set up at Kentucky Home Bank in Bardstown under the Faith Gregory Benefit.