Survey being considered to determine city right-of-way

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Some dirt moving and grading at the corner of Eighth and F Streets in Timber Lake last week is intended to reclaim the city right of way. That street is supposed to be 100 feet wide to accommodate drainage, snow removal and parking. Not everyone agrees that it’s necessary.

The Timber Lake City Council is considering having a survey done to show where the right of way is for streets.

Council member Tom Hermes told the council at the April meeting that he gotten had an estimate of about $14,000 for a survey to have the four corners of each block marked.

The council has often discussed reclaiming the right of way where lawns, fences, trees and even some buildings have encroached onto the streets in some areas. In many places, the streets have gotten narrower, largely due to the nature of the sandy soil, which blows and fills in the area that is supposed to be the drainage ditch or space for parking.

Hermes said this week that a survey would be helpful for the sign and delineation project which the SD Dept. of Transportation has planned.

He said that Main Street and 8th Street (the street north of the courthouse going west past the post office) have 100 feet of right-of-way, and other streets have 80 feet of ROW.



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