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Springfield Road boulder problems ongoing, county commissioners told
PULASKI COUNTY, Mo. (March 23, 2009) — Eastern District Commissioner Bill Farnham told his colleagues Monday morning that a problem on Springfield Road with a neighbor installing potentially dangerous landscaping in the county’s right-of-way isn’t yet fixed.

Two Springfield Road residents, Sandy and Bob Crawford, came to the county commissioners on Thursday and asked for help in getting a neighbor to remove large rocks that they said are a safety hazard, and commissioners agreed that it should be possible to fine the property owner and remove the rocks.

“How’d you come out on that big boulder deal?” Ransdall asked.

Farnham said he wants to make sure of his facts before acting.

“We’re going to have to spend a lot more time down in the basement digging for records,” Farnham said.

Responding to questions from Ransdall, Farnham said he’s already checked the records in the office of Rachelle Beasley, who serves as both circuit clerk and recorder of deeds, and plans to meet with the county surveyor in an effort to verify property lines. Farnham said even though the Crawfords said local developer Jerry Laughlin has set out survey stakes, they don’t clearly show the width of the county road right-of-way.

“I’m hoping to let this all die down for awhile. I don’t want to have our people met with someone with a shotgun who tells them to get off their property and then have someone get hurt,” Farnham said.

Farnham said he’s hoping the owner of a landscape company will be able to convince the property owner to change his plans rather than going through the difficulty of a forcible removal of landscaping that, according to Farnham and the Crawfords, could cause a serious crash if a car hit the boulders.

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