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City council takes no action on request to close street

A stretch of Sanderlin Street that hasn't handled traffic for decades will not be closed.

The Thomson City Council took no action on a request May 12 from Brenda Lokey Lancaster to close the street that runs behind the Lancasters' home at 226 First Ave.

Mayor Kenneth Usry said closing the street would require the approval of adjoining landowners, and that James Usry and Richard Dozier had objected.

The unmarked street is not shown on some city maps, but was confirmed through a title search when the Lancasters attempted to sell the home. It is approximately an extension of Journal Street and extends west from Church Street to the wooden fence behind the small brick home.

Lancaster operates Shabby Chic, one of three resale shops in that cluster of buildings just west of downtown.

The dedicated street cuts through that fence and the porch. The right of way is home to two pecan trees, brush and the stone rubble of a building foundation.

"That pecan tree is at least 125 years old," Lancaster told The McDuffie Mirror the day of the council meeting.

Lancaster told the council that the street was not detected in a 1985 survey when the Lancasters bought the home.

She said the street was detected, though, in a 2011 survey. She said the lender dropped the project when the survey showed the street cutting through the back porch.

Usry said closing the street would require adjoining landowners' approval. "If everyone agrees, we will consider it," Usry said.

"We can't take it without compensation," city attorney Jimmy Plunkett said.

Lancaster's neighbors on First Avenus told The Mirror they were not aware of a street cutting through their backyards.

"There's a street back there?" asked Liz Waits, who said she has rented a home at 228 First Ave. for about a year.

"I've never known that there was a street there," said Yolanda Ingram, who has lived at 234B First Ave. for about five years.

Lancaster told The Mirror on Monday that she plans to continue seeking approval to close the section of street, which is about a half-block in length.



Web posted on Thursday, May 19, 2011













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