LOSTANT — For the Lostant Village Board, Monday night started with Lostant’s planned abandonment of Roosevelt Street on the table, but the appearance of a concerned resident prompted board members to consider alternate options, such as closing the street during a particular time of the year.
Roosevelt Street, unpaved and without gravel, has been a point of interest for the village. Technically a street, the path of sod is Lostant’s responsibility, but the village lately has found it more hassle than it is worth.
“It is on our map. It’s listed as a street,” Village President Jack Immel said. “There’s no gravel or nothing.”
The street has become riddled with deep ruts when wet, and efforts to curtail such happenings have been unsuccessful.
“We did put barricades up there before, and the barricades ended up in the creek,” said board member Andy Forrest.
The easiest, most economical, solution was evident: abandon the street.
However, resident and property owner Mike Barr disagreed, saying that abandonment of the street would adversely affect his property.
One area of concern was the property’s value should he decide to sell it.
“I’m not going to own that property forever,” he said.
Another possible concern was accessibility if the property in particular were further built upon. Abandoning the street would leave only an alley.
The new plan is to close a portion of the road during such times as it is likely to be too wet.
“I like the idea of posting the road the way the township would, from a date to a date,” Immel said, explaining that the closure would be so that people “couldn’t drive on the sod part during a particular portion of the year.”
He said this idea would leave the road open to Barr’s property the whole year, as the closure would occur beyond that line.
The action was tabled until next month, allowing conversation with the road commissioner about the possibility.
Impel also spoke about a potential method through which the village could deal with abandoned properties, with some buildings that could be removed.
The process involves obtaining the deed to the property, which then puts responsibility on the village for demolition and the costs thereof. Because of the cost involved, Immel indicated Lostant likely would not do this in the near future without the help of a grant.
The board has allocated up to $1,000 for its concrete projects, the proposed ramp in front of Blue Giggles American Legion monument in the park, so that work on the latter can be completed before Memorial Day, which is when the Legion requested the monument be available.
Immel proposed that he could pay to paint the front of the village hall, with “making it look halfway decent for summer” as his goal.