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, .~ , ...... J,.ilJL.,k .... ~.i_lKA~.,.L.ub,[k. ~ .... .,L..L,.,,.,~,Ji.. ....... By Mike Lakin Foxie Hild attended the meeting I know (because he d scussed it and had two issues to present. First, with me as in my capacity as High- the 30 MPH signs on Lipp Road. way Commissioner, before I was Foxie explained one of the three ever involved personally out there) signs concerning the 30 MPH zone that then-Mayor John Bates had was installed on a Mt. Pulaski Town- researched the history of the road. ship Road. He said that if he installs His arguments convinced the City a sign on a township road, he first Council that the City should be main- must obtain approval of the sign by taining it. Minutes from February 27 the county engineer. He wasn't sure and March 13, 2001 show that, while about a sign installed by the city on a there was no formal motion to accept township road. the street (because it was actually Recognizing that Lipp Road was already a street), there was no objec- in the city limits, he said his opinion tion from the Council to maintaining was the speed zone should be set at it. 45 MPH. He explained the township A city street sign was put up, road speed limit was 55 MPH and addresses were changed from then the speed limit suddenly drops McDonald to Bates Road, a mail to 30 MPH at Lipp Road. delivery route was changed to include Mayor Jim Fuhrer said the speed the residences involved, a city water limit change was due a problem with line was run, snowplowing began, the drivers going along Lipp Road at a road was blacktopped and patched high rate of speed. The 30 MPH limit and eventually, at the residents' was intended to encourage safer driv- request, a "Dead End" sign was Lug speeds on Lipp Road. installed. No other discussion or action was This proves that the intent was for taken on the matter, it to become a city street, even though Foxie's second issue was Bates some paper work was not filed back Road. His position was presented in in 2001. It is not the residents' fault his letter to the City Council... that this step was not done. "When my wife and I purchased There was some confusion about our pr6perty in October of 2002, I the resealing of the road last fall, knew that there had been some dis- but the north end to the tracks was cussion about the City accepting the eventuallydone. The south end is road as a City street (it was named probably just as well maintained as a South McDonald Street at that time; gravel road, if the holes are patched it was changed to South Bates Road occasionally. in August of 2002). I questioned The State is proposing to eliminate Mike Patridge about whether the City our connection to East McDonald, would be maintaining the road. At forcing us to pull out onto Rte. that time, his reply was that yes, they 121 every time we leave. This will would be plowing snow, and probably definitely increase the danger to our even blacktopping it the next season, families and visitors: I do not believe His comment was that the City had that safety at the intersection will be accepted a road with no plat or plans, improved by this part of the improve- or even right-of-way documents, but ment. I might also point out that City they had accepted it, and would be snowplows will also have to pull out maintaining it. onto Route 121 every time to plow the If his reply had been negative, we snow back there, (actually-twice, once probably have would NOT have pur- in and once out), thus exposing the chased the property, snowplows and crews to additional Since our end of the road was actu- traffic hazards and inconvenience. ally off of Jake Collier's property, I (While I would hope that the asked him about the road situation. City would oppose the rerout- He said that while there was nothing ing of Bates Road, the purpose formal in writing, John Bates had dis- of this letter is only to clarify the cussed it with him; Jake accepted that ownership/maintenance of the the City was getting a right-of-way to maintain the road, and he was corn- road.) fortable with the situation. Later, I read in the paper that Recently (last Fall), I learned that the Council was told that the the State is planning to make an "property owners" have agreed "improvement" to the McDonald that Bates Road should remain a Street / 121 intersection. There was private drive. This is, at best, bad also a comment in the paper about information; at worst, the Cbuncil Bates Road not being a City street. I questioned Patridge about that comment. He said that the State had researched the property, and had found 11o filed record of it being a City street. Thursday - March 22, 2012 said that, but the reality is that filed formally, or by the Law at least an easement exists along Adverse Possession. his property for access, whether CONT'D TO PAGE 4 April 2 - 7 is Community Banking Week This year's theme is "Go Local! Do business with a local community bank" of The Farmers Bank Activities include: Grades K - 5 Coloring Contest Be sure to stop in the lobby by Friday the 6th to vote for your favorite! Do You Know Who You Can Trust? The Farmers Bank of Mt. Pulaski is dedicated Grades 6-8 Essay Contest "What does "go local" do for your community?" Blood Drive 9 am to Noon Friday April 6 All donors receive free t, shirt and are entered into a drawing to win a gift certificate to a local business of your choice. FREE cookout 11 am to 1 pm Saturday April 7 ,on the drive up lawn Be sure to stop by for a visit with us and see what goodies we will be handing out! to investing in our local community - Mt. Pulaski and Logan County - reinvesting your deposit dollars to help local businesses prosper, to help farmers grow, to help your neighbors, friends, and family purchase a new home or automobile, or tohelp finance the college education of a child. As A Real Community Bank, we're committed to the community where we live and work. Committed to making all our decisions locally and remaining focused on the needs of our customers and community. Come visit and tell us how we can serve you. 130 S. Washington St. - Mt Pulaski THE was lied to. None of the property owners living - working along this street agree that Bates Road should revert back to "private" status. An absentee landlord may have Nit. Pulaski Times B A N K o,u www.farm-bank.com 3