County vacates rural road
The Washington County Board of Supervisors held a public hearing and approved a resolution that vacates and closes a part of Washington County Road (Locust Avenue) during the weekly meeting Tuesday morning.
Locust Avenue between 140th and 133rd streets was vacated and closed. According to county engineer Jacob Thorius, one of the landowners wanted to do some work on his property. Thorius said that the Class B road wasn’t going to see improvements unless the landowners paid for improvements. He also said the road attracted some “people up to no good,” with mud running being named one of the problems.
Auditor Dan Widmer said that the county had not received any communications about the issue.
Landowner Corwin Gingerich said he wanted to enlarge a building and that would encroach on county right of way.
The land upon which the road sits will be given to the 12 property owners affected by closing the road. Each landowner will get a quitclaim deed.
In other action, the board approved a $100 donation from Cobb Oil to the county K9 program, and approved a fireworks permit for Alan Fladung of Wellman. The fireworks are scheduled for May 25 from 9:30 to 11 p.m.
Supervisor Jack Seward Jr. reported that one of the six homeowners who do not have compliant septic systems is installing a system, so there are five homeowners remaining. He hopes to have all of the agreements signed by the homeowners by next week’s board meeting.
Supervisor Steve Davis said he visited Lake Darling State Park Monday, and he hopes the other supervisors will visit the park as well.
Thorius said that paving on Vine Avenue is set to begin Wednesday.
Supervisor Bob Yoder said that there is a lot of road work and delays on Highway 1, and that people may want to find alternate routes.
A couple who wanted to attend the public hearing on Locust Road arrived too late to the meeting, due to road construction on Highway 1. The couple are one of the landowners who will receive a quitclaim. They were not there to protest the road closing, and the supervisors made sure the couple’s questions were answered.
The next board meeting is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 13.