BY KRISTEN BUCKLES
The Greene County Planning Commission heard reports Tuesday that improper setting of pins along roadways will now require that county Planner Amy Tweed measure many properties.
County Attorney Roger Woolsey said that the county has had an ongoing issue with a property-owner that prompted him to request that Tweed begin checking new plats, measuring to make sure the pins are 25 feet from the center line of the road.
Woolsey and Tweed said that, at times, surveyors are evidently setting pins as little as 12 feet from the center line, even though the official plats say 25 feet. The pins mark boundaries between county right-of-ways and private property.
Woolsey explained that the county can take action against the property surveyor for up to four years after the platting of the property. Past that, however, the county must deal with the property-owner, he said.
Tweed explained a current scenario where a roadway has water running down it from banks on either side.
The property-owner on one side has requested the County Highway Department to carve ditches on the sides of the road to help with water drainage.
While that property-owner has the appropriate 25 feet of right-of-way platted, the property-owner on the other side of the road does not, she said.
"So you can make a winning argument that [the regulation] is 25 feet, but their argument is that the road has been moved," Woolsey said.
He said Tweed's checking of the pins prior to the Planning Commission's approval of plats could help the county avoid similar future legal battles.
In other business, the committee approved the subdivision of six lots totaling 8.76 acres of the Howard and Ruth Gray Estate on Pates Hill Road, subject to signatures from the Clerk & Master.
The committee denied a subdivision on the Kolarsky property on Carr Lane South because no representative was present at the meeting.