December 6, 2012
PDT Staff Writer
Kevin Blume, of the Blume Law Firm representing Patriot Holdings, LLC, recently sent a letter to the Scioto County Commissioners asking why a road has not been constructed in Countryside Hill Estates Subdivision that was approved in 1970.
In a letter dated Nov. 29, addressed to the commissioners and Scioto County Engineer Craig Opperman, Blume states, “the plat for Country Hill Estates was approved by the County Engineer in 1970. The county had a duty and responsibility to see that the public roadways specified on the plat, were built in accordance with the subdivision plat. It has been more than 40 years since the County approved the subdivision plat for Countryside Hill Estates and yet, no roads have been built.”
Blume states that Patriot Holdings cannot sell lots on Carriage Lane and Carriage Lane Circle, located within Countryside Hill Estates Subdivision, until streets are built.
Chairman of the Scioto County Board of Commissioners Skip Riffe said this issue goes back to 1970 - long before his time in office.
“There are several parcels of land that could be sold, but can’t be sold because they are inferring there is no access to these lots. So they are writing the county to figure out what’s going to be done about it. We have referred this to the county prosecutor’s office for recommendations as to how we are going to proceed,” said Skip Riffe, chairman of the Scioto County Commissioners.
Opperman said it’s never been a practice of the county to build subdivision roads.
“My understanding of what’s going on there is, this individual purchased the property from a bank. The individual prior to the bank owning the property lost it. It’s an old subdivision created in 1970. Nobody has ever promised them to do anything,” Opperman said.
“The previous owner before the bank, was trying to build a road. They had went through our office to try to build the road. He went through the proper process of preparing a set of plans and hiring a contractor to build a road himself, which is standard procedure. I don’t know what they are trying to do at this point. This is a subdivision road that was originally proposed by a developer and the county never made any inclination at anytime that they were going to build subdivision roads.”
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