By Naomi Hatch
“We feel something should be recorded to show why you have a 65’ easement on Center Street,” said Velma Perkins.
She and her husband, Gayle Perkins, submitted a letter to the Taylor Town Council, the mayor and town administration in 2002 requesting the town enforce its public roadways so the Perkins would have legal access for utilities to take possession of their property since they had retired and wanted to move to Taylor.
Perkins presented 12 more documents, including letters from legal counsel and title companies, and a copy of the plat survey, and she requested that they be kept as documentation for the East Center Street road beyond Ninth East.
In February 2012 the council and the Perkins came to an agreement, which said, in part, that the town would remove the Perkins’ fence, which according to town records was in the roadway, but in documentation the Perkins had was not. Another part of that agreement was that the town would maintain the road.
Also submitted at the meeting was a letter from the Perkins to the council and mayor which stated in the first paragraph, “Since we have had a delay on the agreement made with the city in February in regard to the now East Taylor roadway beyond Center Street and Ninth (East), and the maintenance and improvements, and after talking to Mayor (Fay) Hatch, Vice Mayor Shawn Palmer and the city manager (Gus Lundberg) and other employees in regard to the deal, we felt a need to present to the new council an overall education view of why East Center Street beyond Ninth Street represents a 65 foot easement (in lieu of Center Street as represented in the Town of Taylor town plat approved by the town and Board of Supervisors of Navajo County in September of 1935, which is the Jesse N. Smith Survey of Sec. 1T12NR21E and defines the East Taylor streets and plainly identified our legal access from either Cattle Lane or Center Street).”
Perkins thanked the mayor, vice mayor, town manager and Acting Public Works Director Jeremy Peters for going to their property and talking to her husband the previous day, resolving some of the issues.
She presented the letter and backup, and asked them to keep and file the information as a permanent record.
Town Attorney Sterling Solomon explained that they purchased property from Joyce Haussmann, which put an “S” shape in the road, rather than take Center Street where it had originally been platted, because at that time the council felt the cost would be less to purchase property for a new road than it would to have to replace pasture land, move the irrigation ditch and build up the road.
Perkins said that they had spent a lot of money for attorneys and surveys, and said she didn’t know what the town attorney costs were, but she didn’t feel that this was the cheapest way to go.
She thanked Lundberg, Palmer and Hatch for their help in solving the problem, providing them access to their property and maintaining the road.
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By Naomi Hatch