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Mona resident needs to move a road and deed property to city to accommodate building

By Myrna Trauntvein
Times-News Correspondent

After a special meeting, It was decided that Carlene Ingram could move a designated road and deed a replacement street to the city.
Ingram attended Mona City Council meeting on Tuesday, last week, to request that she be allowed to build an 80-foot by 80-foot agricultural building on her lot near her home.
Lynn Ingram, planning commission director, told the council that the only problem with her proposal was that the building was directly in the center of a designated city roadway.
"I am not recommending that the council approve a building permit tonight," said L. Ingram. "We need to get a location worked out before the planning commission will recommend approval."
It was decided by the council to have three more meetings before the street designation was finalized by them. One meeting would be Thursday at the property and the second would be held at city hall that evening as an executive session and the third would follow at 7 p.m. where a decision would be announced.
"We want Carlene Ingram to deed the city 33-feet and we will allow her to use it as pasture until 300 East is put in," said Bill Mills, mayor.
The property is to be surveyed and the agreement is to be in writing and is to be signed by the mayor and by C. Ingram. It will be the full length of the property.
"Instead of 100 South, the road will be 300 East and will go all the way to Center Street," said Mills. "It will alleviate congestion at the school and, once it goes in, will tie in at 200 North."
No building will be allowed on the deeded roadway. Hal Newton, adjoining property owner, if he ever wants to develop his property, will be required to donate the remaining 33-feet since roadways must be 66-feet wide.
The decision was made by the council to not pursue a projected roadway which, according to L. Ingram, had been recorded with the county. That designation had been made at least six years ago when Quentin Kay was a member of the city council.
The discussion about the roadway was the result of a request by C. Ingram that she be allowed to build a barn on property next to her home that was not available for use for that purpose. The building would be on top of a proposed roadway. The roadways were recorded in the courthouse so that, if someone wanted to develop any of the property, the recorder could inform them that a roadway had been designated, said L. Ingram.
Potential growth areas had also been identified. The move was made in order for the county and the city to recognize such roadways before approving subdivisions or building plans and would allow for roadways to follow the grid pattern.
The road that C. Ingram's building would block, he said, was planned to connect with Center Street.
"We (council members and planning commissioners) always talked about a future roadway there which would alleviate congestion at the elementary school by pulling traffic away from the school," said L. Ingram.
At council meeting on Tuesday, discussion centered around whether the designated roadway should be followed or whether an alternative roadway should be allowed.
Another group of Newton property holders nearby were planning a subdivision for the area and roadway connections would be needed for that subdivision.
"It will be the same for them, they will need to match up streets," he said.
All of the streets in existence and the proposed streets that had been recorded, he said, would allow the grid system to continue.
"All of the designated roads are designed to line up with the existing roads," said L. Ingram.
He said that he had suggested to C. Ingram when she obtained her building permit for her home that she might move its location because of the proposed roadway but that the house was not in the way. It was only when C. Ingram tried to get a building permit for the proposed agriculture building that a problem was discovered.
C. Ingram said that she was not aware of the road designation and did not remember a conversation about the roadway.
Her problem, she said, was that she had hired a contractor, Jeff Kay, to build the agricultural building. As a result, she had $50,000 worth of block ready for construction to begin.
Jeff Hearty, council member, asked what would happen if C. Ingram were to move the barn to the south and the city would agree not to attempt to open the road for a certain number of years. If the barn were set to the north that would leave the view and the roadway.
An option to build the agricultural building behind her home rather than to the side of it was rejected by C. Ingram because it would obstruct her view and, because her poor health, would make caring for her animals more difficult. It would defeat the purpose in her wanting the building near her home.
"I did not want to build a barn and then have to go across the roadway to take care of my animals," she said. "I have talked to an attorney and he said you can take my property if you condemn it and pay full market value for it."
A roadway takes up 66-feet of property for its length. For the six acre length of the road, it would require that C. Ingram give up property.
"I just put up a $17,000 fence," she said. "I didn't know I needed a building permit for that."
Using another 33-feet of that property for a roadway, 300 East Street, half of it to come from Hal Newton, if he developed, would take another chunk of property.
"Would you have to take the fence down?" asked Mike Stringer, council member.
She said that Newton had indicated, to her, that he would be willing to take down the fence and build the road there if he ever developed his property. It would be at his expense.
C. Ingram said that she had wanted the building completed before winter so that the animals could be moved to her new area by her new home prior to bad weather.
Newton's property, she said, was still in Greenbelt.
There were other places in the community, said Stringer, where homes were located in the middle of streets that could have, otherwise, connected a grid. No one knew what repercussions might come in the future from poorly aligned streets.
"We are supposed to look out for the future," he said.
The sewer tie in designed to follow the street in a utility corridor, fire hydrant distance and long blocks, were also considerations the council considered.