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Two petitions receive two different outcomes

April 10, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County Commissioners were given two requests to vacate property near county lakes.

Although the requests were similar — they were made to allow property owners to posses parcels that were otherwise right-of-ways or common ground — the outcome was entirely different.

Donna Jones, who owns a home at 7330 N. Brown Rd., Columbia City, has a property adjacent to a common ground. She requested Commissioners to allow that property to be officially added to her current parcel since it is not apparent the ground will be developed, and she is maintaining the property as it is her own. There are a total of four parcels as part of the petition along Loon Lake.

“I think the road was intended to run along the lake line, but once the flooding concern was uncovered, it was decided to push the road back behind the homes,” said Jones. “Other property owners have already worked to clean up their property lines. That’s my intention. The other owners on this petition want to make things easier when it comes to their decks that may be over the line. We are willing to pay the property taxes on it.”

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