Polk County Enterprise - Local News
Stories Added - Sunday, April 13, 2008
Copyright 2008 - Polk County Publishing Company
Council works a miracle
Polk County Enterprise - April 2008
LIVINGSTON — City Council members voted unanimously to rename the 10-block street that travels through Cochran’s Crossing, the community of homes built by Habitat for Humanity. The street was originally platted as Wood Street, but will now be Miracle Way when the fi rst three families move into their newly constructed homes. City Attorney Gaffney Phillips told council members that the street runs between North Beatty and North Pine and all adjacent property owners had signed the petition requesting the change. The necessary documentation has already been completed by Community Development director Ben Buchanan for the postal service to recognize the change, Phillips said. Alderwoman Judy Cochran abstained from discussion and voting on the request since she is one of the adjacent property owners. The council also agreed to abandon a portion of Oak Street that had been platted but never built north of Noblitt Street. In fact, Phillips said the property owner and the city had been unaware that it had been undeveloped street until a recent title search done on behalf of property on Helen Wieman as part of an improvement project for the Montessori School.
The school has been using the undeveloped roadway as an internal driveway for the school for many years. There are no utilities located in the road right of way that would require an easement, Phillips added. Council approved an ordinance closing the street contingent on the completion of additional paperwork by Polk County Title. During a special called meeting April 15, the council will review and discuss an updated code of ordinances that will bring city ordinances back in compliance with changes in state law and present all ordinances in an organized fashion, Phillips said. Phillips gave as an example the current ordinances spell out every traffi c violation that is already covered in the state transportation code, so those ordinances are obsolete. The meeting will be in council chambers at 5 p.m. Tuesday.