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Commissioners approve one road vacation, table another

September 05, 2012
The Crawford County Board of Commissioners Thursday night vacated one road but postponed action on another until it could further research the matter.

In a public hearing prior to their regular monthly meeting, the commissioners approved the request of Lucas Golf Course LLC to vacate claims to Boss Lane, a short, dead-end road off of Brownstown Road leading to Old English Golf Course.

There were no comments from the public during the hearing, and Commissioner Randy Gilmore, whose district the road is located, said the road isn't even on the county's inventory.

Gilmore's motion to approve the vacation was seconded by District 1 Commissioner Daniel Crecelius, with Jim Schultz, the board president, also voting to do so.

A second vacation request didn't go as smoothly, however, as Mike Huddleston, an adjacent property owner, objected to Thomas Delano's appeal to have Roberson Road no longer deemed a county road.

Delano requested the vacation, saying the road is within the boundaries of his property and hasn't been maintained in decades. It is difficult even to drive an all-terrain vehicle on, he said.

Huddleston said closing the road would reduce the value of his property. Although his property still would be approachable from the Mifflin area to the south, access would be limited, he said.

"When you stop access, you've got a piece of ground for somebody who can deer hunt, how can they get there?" he asked.

Huddleston said it makes no difference that the road has not been maintained, explaining that it was open when he purchased the property.

"There's other people back there besides my property," he said.

However, Ron Deckard, another adjacent property owner, agreed with Delano.

"I think it should be closed," he said.

Lyndon Roberts, a member of the English Volunteer Fire Department, said the department has used the road to get to fires in the past. He said doing so is quicker than going through Mifflin.

"Due to the fact that there is some dissension out there ," Schultz said, "I would entertain a motion that we table any action on this until we can look at it a little closer ourselves and investigate it a little more."

Gilmore provided the motion, and Crecelius seconded it, with Schultz also voting to continue the public hearing at 7 p.m. on Sept. 27 during the commissioners' next regular meeting.

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