Daisy Court boundaries to be surveyed

June 09, 1994|By Traci A. Johnson | Traci A. Johnson,Sun Staff Writer

The Taneytown City Council has agreed to allow a local surveyor to determine the property boundaries for homeowners on Daisy Court in the city's Cloverberry section.

Officials hope that Carroll Land Services of Westminster will be able to help the city end -- or at least curtail -- the numerous parking problems that have developed in the subdivision.

The work, which will determine which areas of the court are private property and which are common areas, will cost $12,335, said City Manager John L. Kendall.

"I don't think that's such a bad price, actually," said Thomas F. Stansfield, the city's attorney.

"I think it's worth it just for the peace of mind," added Councilman Henry C. Heine Jr.

Several months ago, a few Daisy Drive residents complained to city officials about parking conflicts in their court, not an uncommon problem in Cloverberry.

The developer, Town Villa Corp., planned the subdivision to give homeowners parking space in front of their homes.

But in cases where the front of a house faces another person's property, the "parking space" was a neighbor's front lawn or even a neighbor's living room.

Stephanie and Martin Krabbe, whose deed says they own parking in front of their home on Daisy Drive, said their neighbors constantly park in the Krabbes' space.

The couple said they attended last night's meeting to oppose the survey because they expect to lose their spaces once the court is surveyed.

"I'm going to dig a hole on my property, put in a pole and a sign that says 'No Trespassing,' " said Mr. Krabbe.

"We own our property. Why do we have to put up with this?"

Mr. Stansfield and Mr. Kendall explained to them that their property would not be taken from them.

The survey will help the city enforce trespassing laws when another vehicle is parked in a private parking space, the city officials said.

"We can't get involved with this without actual data," Mr. Stansfield told the Krabbes.

The Krabbes were satisfied, and the council voted to have the survey completed.

Daisy Drive is the last court in the troublesome subdivision to be dealt with by the council.

Assessments have already been completed for Red Tulip, Berry and Clover courts, all of which have had problems in the past.

The city declined a request made by some residents of Clover Court who asked that a grassy lot adjacent to one of the end homes be paved to serve as a parking for homeowners left without a space.

City officials also voted last night to designate Riffles Lane, the narrow road beside the Taneytown Fire Department, a one-way street.

Despite vehement opposition by Councilman James L. McCarron, the council agreed with Mr. Kendall's recommendation that the street be made one-way traveling north from Baltimore Street to the public parking lot only.

The remainder of Riffles Lane will remain a two-way road, officials agreed.

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