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8/13/2013 8:54:00 PM
Boundary line discussion tabled
Brian King
Staff Writer

Greenwood County Council voted to table the discussion on two new policies related to boundary line agreements on Lake Greenwood at their administration and finance committee meeting Tuesday afternoon.

The proposed policies would establish a procedure for resolving boundary line issues for properties that border what is known as the project boundary. The project boundary is roughly along a line known as the 440 contour, which represents 440 feet above sea level. Much of the controversy surrounding boundary line agreements stems from the difference in surveying standards between 1937 and today.

County manager Toby Chappell told council that there is currently not a policy outlining how boundary line agreements are handled. Chappell said the county had been following a “standard practice” in an attempt to maintain consistency. Part of that “standard practice” is the county paying the cost for the deed to be generated, which is approximately $250. That practice has been the subject of much debate at several meetings this year. The new policies would call for the cost of the deed to be paid for by the person requesting the agreement.

The discussion of the new policies was postponed until after an executive session. There was no action following the executive session, but the discussion of the policies was tabled by a unanimous vote. There was no indication of when the discussion would be taken up again.

Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, August 15, 2013
Article comment by: Tammy McSwain

If they don't think about dredging the lake they are not going to have to worry about a 440 mark to survey. Because the lake is going to be gone, which effects drinking water and the economy in many ways (visitors and sales of the lake property).

Part of the lake is filling in with silt, it seems to be more than just our area. People in many areas have ask and ask for help, but no one seems to want to help out the Property owners.
They just want to sit and argue about things that won't matter if the lake is gone.

Please someone help and tell us what to do.

Posted: Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Article comment by: Grant Blair

Greenwood County has one of the best GIS departments in the US. They can map the lake to the nearest inch today, compared to the nearest couple of yards (at best) in 1940.
Why not let GIS do its thing, and use the results to declare an amnesty. making their 2013 results the official boundary lines for lake property? If you keep letting the lawyers run this issue, you will destroy sales of lake property for the next 20 years.

Posted: Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Article comment by: Bruce Riggins

This whole idea is just a ploy for our local government to take more money from residents around the lake. They say it's because of better surveying equipment now. The same survey equipment was used to mark boundaries of land all over the country back then. Does that mean that all properties need to be resurveyed? That's not going to happen. Those old markers are accepted as the real boundaries not on the water and Greenwood County needs to stop trying to steal from the people who own lake property.

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