CALCUTTA - St. Clair Township Trustees had a long discussion this week with members of the Moore Road Horse Association.
Members of the horse association were there Tuesday at the trustees meeting to ask them to consider granting use of a 30-foot easement belonging to the township.
Moore Road Horse Association President Chester Channels and Vice President Laura Bramel attended Tuesday's meeting. They explained that for 21 years the association's members have used a deeded 30-foot township easement that connects Moore Road to Bell School Road to ride their horses to Beaver Creek State Park. They said that according to county records the partially unpaved easement was acquired by the township in the 1930s in exchange for closing a portion of Moore Road that once connected to Ware Road.
Channels and Bramel told trustees there are no markers or fences along the township-owned right-of-way and the boundary line has become blurred as the property changed hands throughout the years. They asked that the township survey and clearly mark the easement so their members would not accidentally stray from the boundaries of the easement on to adjacent property.
The horse association's officers also asked they be allowed to install a bridge over a stream that runs through the easement and that the township grant the association official permission to continue to use the easement.
Board President Robert Swickard says trustees intend to have the right of way surveyed by the county engineer's office to insure it is in fact township property.
He said trustees will wait until the survey is complete to grant their official permission for the horse association to use the right of way.
As for allowing the installation of a bridge to span the stream which runs through the right of way, trustees advised that the horse association would need to clear the work with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources which has the final say on issues regarding waterways.
"We just want to dot our I's and cross our T's to make sure nothing has changed since the survey was conducted in the 1930s," said Swickard.