Fraser now owns Norgren Street
At Wednesday night’s Fraser Board of Trustee meeting, more that a year’s worth of work ended with the transfer of a 40-foot-wide strip of property from the East Grand School District to the Town of Fraser.
For years, the Town of Fraser assumed that it owned Norgren Street that connects the Fraser Public Library to Fraser Elementary School.
The town plowed, maintained and patrolled it accordingly.
But about a year and a half ago, a neighboring property owner pointed out that the town actually didn’t own it.
After some research, it was discovered that the East Grand School District still owned it. They granted an easement to the public to use the property to access the Fraser Public Library years ago, said Fraser Town Manager Jeff Durbin. “That’s not a good thing. It needs to be a public street.
“We sat down last winter, did some survey work over the summer and have been doing the legal work of putting the deeds together ever since,” Durbin said. “It took time to track down old plats and old easements.
“Then in December it went to the school board and on Wednesday night came to the Fraser board.”
The school district was happy to transfer ownership of the right of way, because it saved the school a liability issue, Durbin said.
On Wednesday night, the Fraser trustees accepted the right of way transfer.
“Looks like we have some new land,” Fraser mayor Fran Cook said. “Land that we already thought we had.”
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