Washington Evening Journal
https://washington-ia.villagesoup.com/p/1685432

Fairfield Ledger   Mt. Pleasant News
Neighbors Growing Together | Sep 25, 2017

Supervisors approve release of easement

Sep 06, 2017
Supervisors approved a purchase agreement with an easement the county owns in Keota on the current Kewash trailhead.

By Xiomara Levsen, The JOURNAL

 

The supervisors approved a purchase agreement with an easement the county owns in Keota on the current Kewash trailhead.

A public hearing was held to discuss why the county would need to agree to release the easement they have on the current trailhead.

“The city of Keota is working to reroute the trailhead to go south,” Washington County attorney John Gish said. “Currently, it goes between two businesses — Farmer’s Co-Op and VisionAg, which is to the north.”

This has created security risks for the businesses and issues for them having to cross the trail, he added.

“So this purchase agreement would require the county to release its easement [and] its interest in the trailhead to Farmer’s Co-Op,” Gish said.

The county would acquire other property at no cost as part of this purchase agreement, he said.

Board chairman Richard Young asked if there were any other comments regarding releasing this easement.

Washington County resident Ron Andersen said the current trailhead in Keota discourages use.

“It’s not inviting at all,” Andersen said. “The plans the city of Keota has put together I’m very familiar with. It’s very inviting and it’s going to be good for the city of Keota and it’s going to be good for the use of the trail. It just makes it a whole lot more accessible and inviting for people to use the trail, so I strongly encourage you to vote for the amendment or proposed edition.”

After the public hearing was closed, Gish addressed a few more items on the purchase agreement.

The supervisors will have to review another easement with VisionAg because the current trailhead is divided between two businesses, Gish said.

Farmer’s Co-Op realizes the government could reclaim the property to use as a railroad again. Gish recommended the supervisors approve this purchase.

Comments (0)
If you wish to comment, please login.