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BLUE MOUNTAIN ROAD IS TOPIC OF DEBATE FOR WCBCC

Jan 21st, 2009 | 0

 

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BLUE MOUNTAIN ROAD’S narrow easternmost end and what will happen with it has been a topic of debate in recent months ever since the owner of property in that  area, Karen Hutcheson, asked to purchase next-door county property in exchange for $3,500 to $10,000, adjoining property, a drainage easement, and construction of a turnaround at the end of the dead-end cul-de-sac. Residents have been critical of Walton County’s actions in the 1970s, when county property at the end of the road was abandoned, resulting in a difficult situation for vehicles, especially larger ones, turning around at the dead end. Along with the safety issue is the unresolved issue of who owns what property in the cul-de-sac. Walton County contends that walls built by Hutcheson at the end of the cul-de-sac are encroaching on county property. Residents have been critical of Hutcheson’s proposal and have put forth their own plan, which they have described as a compromise in the interest of safety. After lengthy discussion on the matter at the Jan. 13 Walton County Board of County Commissioners (BCC) meeting, the issue was tabled. This was to allow time for county staff to survey the road section in question for encroachments and study the possible use of a county lake access parcel at the end of the cul-de-sac for part of a turn around. Additional information was scheduled to be provided at the Jan. 27 BCC meeting, which is to begin at 4 p.m. and take place at the Walton County Courthouse in DeFuniak Springs.

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