• Photo by Roxanne Thompson/The Groesbeck Journal
    Limestone County resident John Ward, at commissioners court’s Dec. 12 meeting, talks over options on establishing a neighborhood road off LCR 380, where he owns property. Ward is selling rock from his land to Big Creek Construction. Shown here, l-r, are County Clerk Peggy Beck, Ward and Sheriff Dennis Wilson.

County to pursue declaring easement a neighborhood road

By Roxanne Thompson, Staff Writer

After a Limestone County resident asked county commissioners to establish that a small road extension that accesses his rural property is either a county road or a neighborhood road, the court decided to pursue the neighborhood road option.

John Ward made the request at the commissioners court’s Dec. 12 meeting. The unnamed extension of LCR 380 is a few miles south of Lake Mexia. Four or five other neighbors also have land adjacent to the extension. As the discussion developed, the road extension was described as mainly an easement that has been used as a road in the past.

Ward, however, said he was certain the extension had been a county road at some point.

“There is no question that it was a public road at least up until probably 1978-85,” he told the court, “because we used to go down there and use the road to go hunting; there was a little park down there. The road – I used to move cattle back and forth through there until we got a trailer big enough to haul our stuff around the road. The only reason the gates are across that thing was because the fences were not maintained by either one of the property owners on that side.”

Ward had asked Commissioner Pct. 3 Jerry Allen to help him determine whether the road was a county road, but after researching the matter, Allen said that even going through the records as far back as 1935, he found no record of its being a county road.

That made the neighborhood road designation a more viable option.

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