Farr West residents grapple with city over road easement

Nov 16 2013 - 7:55pm

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FARR WEST -- Residents on Heritage Ranch Drive have been asked by the city council and mayor to move their fences back off the city easement.

Andy Fishburn, who runs Heritage Ranch on Heritage Ranch Drive, said in an interview that responsibility for maintaining the road has been a bone of contention with residents and the city. He said at one point last winter the city refused to plow Heritage Ranch Drive, resulting in two car accidents as the ice built up on the road. Fishburn said at that time the city said it would not plow it because it was a private road, but now the city claims it is a Farr West City road and officials are demanding residents move the fences back.

Fishburn said he obtained the Weber County plat at that time that showed Heritage Ranch Drive as a city road so they would plow it. Fishburn said he does not understand why the city had no issue with the way the fences were, and plowed the road for the last 10 years and now suddenly is demanding the fences be moved. He also said there are others in the city with items in the easement path such as boulders, and either everyone who has anything on city easement should have to move those items, or no one should have to.

With the city's current request, the fences on Heritage Ranch Drive will have to be moved back approximately six feet, which Fishburn said he is not willing to do. 

Another affected resident, Michael Naegle, recently came before the city council and said he would move his fences as requested but asked for time until spring to get the job done.

"The weather is closing in on me; I'll have to do it myself," said Naegle. He said there are two fences he will have to move, a vinyl fence and an electric fence. He said there is a sprinkling system in the pasture the fences border and he may have to move some of that. Naegle said he will have to move approximately 300 feet of fencing and juggle where the animals will go that live inside the fence while he does the job.

Naegle plans to move the fences in three phases and redesign the entire lot.

Mayor Lee Dickemore said Naegle's plan seems reasonable. 

In a later telephone interview, Dickemore said the fences need to be moved because they are in the city easement and come right up to the curb. He declined to comment beyond that.

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