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New Site continues search for owner of Service Road

Published 3:01pm Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Discussion continued regarding Service Road in New Site at the town council meeting Monday.

New Site had contacted county engineer David Moore to do some necessary road maintenance, but when the county set to work, the state claimed about half of the road as state right-of-way for Highway 49.

“They did abandon that highway, and the only part of Service Road that belongs to the state is what’s within their right-of-way,” said Mayor Curtis Mims.

The question, then, is who owns the other part.

“When (the state) abandons it, it goes back to the original property owners,” Public Safety Director John McKelvey pointed out. “The state is the original property owner. It doesn’t go back to the landowners.”

Although the state and the county said residents along the road own the portions that don’t belong to the state, town council members discussed the unlikelihood of that scenario and the need to find the deed for the road.

“We’ll just have to research that further, I guess,” Mims said.

In the meantime, Moore said the county would do any necessary work to the road at the direct request of the council, and Councilwoman Linda Meadows suggested writing a formal letter.

The council also heard updates on a number of city issues.

Town Hall will be closed Feb. 18 in observance of President’s Day.