A recent petition has been circulated and signed by many Goshen County residents concerning a vacation request of County Road 183. We would like to bring forth some facts concerning this petition.
The petition states this is a public road; the truth is the road crosses over one mile on our private property before connecting to the old County Road 183.
The petition states that they do not want a private road easement. The truth is a private road easement has already been issued. The easement was recorded Dec. 19, 2008. This can be found in the county clerk’s office in book 765, page 60.
This easement was signed approximately three years ahead of our purchase of the property. Why would they want a private road easement in 2008 and not want it in 2013? The easement states they have right of ingress and egress for successors, transferees and invitees and guests.
In our original meeting with the Goshen County Commissioners, we stated, “we didn’t really care if the road was vacated or not, but, if it is a county road, it needed to be brought up to county standards.”
This can be found in public records from the regular meeting of the county commissioners from Jan. 8, 2013. County Road 183 has not been maintained since the 1950s. In its present condition, it is a serious matter of public liability for Goshen County.
Goshen County barely has enough money to maintain our current county roads. If the residents of Goshen County want to retain this county road, then perhaps this issue should be put on the ballot for a vote of an additional tax to upgrade and maintain this road.
We feel what we have done is the proper thing for Goshen County. We have not and cannot restrict access to their property.
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