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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • Hearings held for vacating roads

  • Phelps County Commissioners Tuesday approved a request to vacate a portion of a county road near the Crawford County line and heard the first readings of applications to vacate sections of two other roads.
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  • Phelps County Commissioners Tuesday approved a request to vacate a portion of a county road near the Crawford County line and heard the first readings of applications to vacate sections of two other roads.
    At the April 1 county commission meeting, the commissioners heard a first reading of a petition filed by Matthew Snelson to vacate a portion of County Road 3570, south of Maramec Spring Park, near the Crawford County line.
    State statute requires the commission to wait until the first meeting of the next quarter to take action on petitions to vacate road. This also gives people time to comment on the request.
    County Clerk Carol Bennett said she received no other comments about the vacation request.
    Snelson owns all of the property at the end of the road, where he is requesting it be vacated.
    A requirement of 12 signatures of residents in the township to file the petition had been met, Bennett said. Commissioners unanimously approved Snelson’s request.
    The commission then heard first reading of an application to vacate a section of Fifth Street in Jerome that lies between Oak and Pearl streets and the alleyway that lies between Fifth and Sixth streets and Oak and Pearl streets in Jerome.
    The request was made by Kenneth and Reba Brinkley, and they met the requirement of 12 signatures of residents in the township that are needed with the application.
    It was noted that this section of Fifth Street is overgrown with trees and brush. The road was platted but has not been maintained for some time.
    The applicant’s son, Keith, came to a commission meeting in May regarding the road and noted there was a dispute between his parents and neighbors, including Virginia Finn, over placement of his parents’ garden in the road.
    The Finn neighbors were among the signatures on the application supporting the vacation of the road, it was noted.
    Commissioners then heard a first reading for an application to vacate the west end of County Road 4180 by applicant Ed Schmidt, who own property at the dead-end section of the road.
    County Road 4180 is located off Highway F, southeast of Rolla.
    Schmidt was the only applicant requesting to vacate a road to attend Tuesday’s commission meeting. He said the portion he is requesting to vacate is about 150 yards. He, too, met the requirement of having 12 signatures needed.
    A second reading of requests by the Brinkleys and Schmidts to vacate those roads will come at the first October commission meeting. If there are no objections, the commission could act to approve their requests at that time.

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