Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: central Illinois
Very angry vent/rant
When is a road not a road?.........
There is a gravel road 50 feet wide, that would be equivalent to larger than a 3 lane road. People have been driving on that road for many years. It was used as haulage road for the big huge trucks that haul coal. The road is wide enough that two of those trucks could pass each other on the road.
Now all of a sudden, a guy buys land on one side of that road, and wants to make that road into a blacktop road.
Supposedly the road that has been used for likely 30-40-50 years, is not the *real* road. Somehow over the past 30-40-50 years as those big huge trucks used the road, it 'slid' over. Any way that is what we are being told. The road that has been the road for the past 30-40-30 years is not really the road.
When we looked at this land to buy it, the realtor guy had trouble finding the land, because there were no posts put up showing the lay out of the land and it's boundaries. He called back to the realty office and spoke to the person who listed the land, and she told him where it was located. The two realtor signs, next to the road. He got out with my husband and showed him the layout - the land started where the grass and road met (actually we would own to the middle of the road) and where it went to on the north, west, and south. We purchased the land. We put a home on the land, a barn, horses, goats, etc. We had a fence built around the pasture for the animals, and left room between the fence and road for easement.
NOW all of a sudden, the man who bought land across from us and wants to blacktop the very very very wide road (wide enough it would be bigger than a 3 lane road) has said that we do *not* own the land we think we do because the road that has been the road for a very very long time (the coal mine quit using it about 25 years ago or longer) that was used by the coal mine that originally owned the land here, is not really "the road". Even though the coal mine used it for generations, and after the coal mine quit using it, it was used as a country road for general vehicle traffic and as the road for the few homes that is out here.
Instead of using the over 3 lane wide road, he wants to use what was supposed to initially be 'the road'. Way back about close to 50 years ago. To do that, we have to move the fence around the pasture, and lose a bunch of what we thought was our front yard. We thought it was our land because that is how it was shown to us and there were no posts showing the boundary lines.
The one neighbor who lives out here, who's wife was the listing realtor for the land we purchased, said there are surveyor posts. Finally found about 6 inches deep in the ground, covered up by the dirt and all kinds of stuff. Not visible, but rather hidden by dirt.
So... instead of using the existing 50 + foot wide, more than 3 lanes wide road, they want to dig up land that has been unused for likely a minimum of 30 years, and put in ditches on each side of it, and black top all that newly dug up land. NOT the road that is currently there, would be wide enough to dig a ditch on each side of it, even have room for pulling to side of road if flat tire or such, and also still have enough room for a nice size two lane road. All that could be done on the existing road way that is being used. But **no** they want to leave all that and not use it. They want to cause us to spend wads of money we DO NOT have. Hello! $2,100 a month to live on, and we are supposed to have a bunch of fencing moved.
Ummm, does this sound stupid or what?!?!? I just do not get it. Why not use that huge road that is already there?