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Road right-of-way
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rhudson    Posted 03-23-2001 at 18:43:45       [Reply]  [Send Email]
i need your thoughts on this. forgive me this is not short. i have land that is divided by a state paved road and a state gravel road that tees into it. right of way is 30 feet for both roads. about 8 years ago i let a logging company widen the turning radius into the dirt road by placing three sections of concrete pipe and gravel on my property. three years later when i tried to run my fence along its orginal lines, i ran into a problem with adverse possession with the state. we had three discussions at the site, everyone knew the road side was on my property, but it was my burden of proof that the road shoulder had not been there more that 15 years. during the last discussion i lost my temper, walked home, cranked up a tractor that i had a hay fork on. i drove to the site and pulled up one of the sections of pipe that i knew the logging company had placed three years earler. luckly the pipe had a casting date that proved it was cast three years, 3 months before this date. i'm sure i would have been placed under the jail if not. I got my property back and built my fences back 6" from all state right of way. with me so far? here's the problem. in the past four years i have taken down one corner of my fence 5 times to let house movers (double wides} turn the corner. the owners notify my and have offered to help replace the fence or pay for my time. but each time before i can replace my high tensile fence, the state takes the stop sign that the moving company pulls up and places it in my corner post hole, places a pulled up road number sign in my brace post hole. each time i go to the highway dept notifing them that their sign are on my property. each time they send out three guys with their boss. they talk and measure, we "discuss" they measure, we "discuss" more, they measure and finally they move their two signs. all this with their old sign post holes plainly in view. as you can guess my now, i'm pretty stubborn, and like an old mule i'm getting more stubborn. thanks for listening, any thoughts? and by the way if you own property and dont understand adverse possission laws in your state, you might want to ask about it.


Jack Ricketts    Posted 07-28-2003 at 10:06:08       [Reply]  [Send Email]
To get to my cottage I have deeded access thru a right a way. I would like to repair portions of this right of way. Who is responsible to the cost? me or my neighbour? the right of way is thru his lot.


Dave in Mo    Posted 03-26-2001 at 04:44:41       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I'd simply rip up whatever the State put down and throw it away.


Lew Van Vliet    Posted 03-23-2001 at 20:51:58       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Suggestion. Take a picture of it when all is correct and keep it on file. Next time show the people involved the picture. I suspect they are doing it to "jerk your chain" and apparently it works. That's cheap entertainment for them and probably beats doing some other job they should be doing.


Mike Taylor    Posted 03-23-2001 at 21:50:43       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Kinda reminds me of the story of the architect that designed a large suburban office building with a large wooded area outside. When asked why he put no walkways or paths outside - he said "I'm going to wait a year and see where the people walk!"

Is that little bit of land worth all the hassle? Tell the county that if they'll survey it, you'll donate it to the county. Tax write off!


Catless    Posted 03-25-2001 at 05:48:47       [Reply]  [No Email]
When I got my permits from the township to build my new shop the county stepped in and said I couldn't build it within 15 feet of the road right of way in the event of future road widening, well I asked them when was the last time you seen a little 2 lane township road get widened to 4 lane and they had nothing to say, I got my permit and got to build within 11 feet of the right of way, I do have one question however, My property is in flood plain, How is it possible that the ditch in front of my house is not in the flood plain but my house, garage and driveway and the same ditch on the neighbors property are in the flood plain?


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