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10/10/2013 2:33:00 PM Email this articlePrint this article 
St. Francisville council begins process of abandoning unused streets
ST. FRANCISVILLE - As a service to its residents, the St. Francisville City Council is taking steps to officially abandon its unused streets.

During its monthly meeting Wednesday evening, the council approved the first reading of an ordinance that will close about 20 streets, with the property being split between homeowners on each side of the roadway.

Mayor Don Ravellette said property owners and potential home buyers are having difficulty getting clear deeds and abstracts due to portions of their property being owned by the city.

"Right now we have people trying to buy property that some of these streets run through. They have trouble getting their money from the banks," Ravellette said.

Most of those streets in question, a block here and block there, have never been opened or used, however they show up on city plat maps dating back to the 1800s.

These streets are city property, but many are no more than a patch of grass between two homeowners. Some of these strips have even been built on over the years, city officials noted.

To get the ordinance passed as quickly and possible, the council has scheduled two special meetings for a second reading and then passage of the city legislation. Meetings are scheduled for 7 p.m. today and 6 p.m. Friday.

While the streets will be deeded back to property owners, the city does reserve the right to go onto the previous street areas to work on and maintain utilities.

(See Thursday's Daily Record for complete story)


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