New Garage May Need To Be Torn Down 11/16/17
The Pine Line Rail Trail is the former railroad bed which has become a popular destination for walkers, joggers, bike and snowmobile riders. In some cases the property lines along the trail have become tough to determine for adjoining landowners. A couple from Chelsea is finding out the hard way where their land ends and where the county’s land begins.
According to information brought out at Zoning and Forestry meetings at the Taylor County Courthouse a new garage being built in Chelsea is partially on county land. When county officials measured from the center of the rail trail to the new garage the distance was 35 feet. The county owns 50 feet from the trail center which means 15 feet of the new garage is on county land. A cease and desist order was attached to the new structure. According to forester Jake Walcisak now the landowner must have a survey taken to confirm property lines and any portion of the garage which is on county land must be removed within 30 days. The property was purchased in July and an outlot on the property included language on the original deed which indicated that no buildings could be constructed on it. Members of the committee wondered if title insurance would pay for removal of the structure.
Committee member Mike Bub stressed the need for consistency when requiring buildings to not be located on Pine Line county land. Pine Line chairman Marv Kuenne said that brings a new twist. On Whittlesey’s north side the Whittlesey Whizzers snowmobile club’s groomer shed is 40 feet from the trail center which means 10 feet of the snowmobile club’s building is on county land.
Currently there are 170 property owners adjacent to the Pine Line Trail. The committee agreed that the 3 townships along the trail should be made aware of the trail boundaries and complications of infringing on county land. Enforcement of the issue will be with the county Land Use, Zoning and Pine Line Commission.