Town begins process for road abandonment

by Emmitt B. Feldner of The Review staff

PLYMOUTH – The Town Board got out their erasers Tuesday to start the process of removing a street from the town map.

The board approved a preliminary resolution to vacate Short Street, a platted street off State 67 south of Little Elkhart Lake that was never fully developed.

“It was blacktopped at one time, but it was ripped out when State 67 was redone,” explained property owner Paul Schwaller. He told the board his family is hoping to sell the property once the street is abandoned.

“This is a very, very small street appropriately named Short Street that remains on the books as being a street,” Schwaller’s attorney, Crystal Fieber, told the board.

Town Attorney Jim Hughes said the board will now have to schedule a public hearing on removing the street from the town maps, after which it will vote on a final resolution to discontinue the street.

Town Chairman Warren Luedke reported that an inspection of town roads found most of them in good shape.

“We’ve got a few that need a little work, but it’s not as bad as I expected,” Luedke told the supervisors.

“We’ve got a couple that are going to need work as soon as we can afford it, in the next couple of years,” he continued.

Luedke said that town roads that were seal-coated about 20 years are holding better than some subsequent roads where work was done. “Maybe we should start thinking about that (seal-coating) for next year on some roads that could still be saved.”

“The chicken ordinance still hasn’t hatched yet,” Hughes told the board. He said he expects to have a proposed ordinance on keeping chickens in residentiallyzoned areas to the board by their Nov. 2 meeting.

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