Henry County to vacate sections of five rural roads
By STEPH TAHTINEN
Mt. Pleasant News
Following Tuesday morning’s public hearing on road vacations, the Henry County Board of Supervisors voted to vacate five of the six sections of road that were up for consideration.
The five areas being vacated are:
• River Road: A portion of roadway located in the northeast ¼ of Section 4 in Jackson Township
• 270th Street: A portion of roadway located in the southwest ¼ of Section 27 in Center Township.
• 295th Street: A portion of roadway located in the southeast ¼ of section 7 in Salem Township.
• 286th Street: A portion of roadway located in the southwest ¼ of Section 4 and southeast ¼ of Section 5 in Salem Township.
• Old Highway 34: A portion of roadway located in the northeast ¼ of Section 6 in Tippecanoe Township.
The sixth section up for consideration was a 3,100-foot portion of 320th Street. This was the only section of roadway to receive any comments objecting to its vacation.
“I would not have access to my property if you close the road,” Nathan Francy told the board of supervisors during the public hearing.
Francy said he was not opposed to the vacation, just the amount of roadway to be vacated. Francy’s property line is located about halfway through the section being discussed. If the 3,100 feet of roadway was closed, he would have to cross through another property to reach his own, and he noted that if the neighbor’s property sold in the future, he would not be guaranteed access.
The idea of re-classifying the section was discussed, with specific mention of classifying it as a Class C road, meaning there would be reduced maintenance and gated access to the road.
County Engineer Bill Belzer noted that if the road is gated, the county would still be responsible for brush cutting and blading of the road, if the property owner calls to request it.
For now, the status of 320th Street is remaining the same and a new public hearing would need to be held to reclassify the road.
In other business:
• Belzer updated the supervisors on the road department’s work over the past week.
• Conservation Director John Pullis summarized Monday night’s conservation board meeting.
• The supervisors reviewed and approved the county recorder’s quarterly report.