Marvin Advisory Board makes recommendation with a caveat
The Village of Marvin took a next small step Tuesday, Dec. 7, toward paving the way for recreational land development as part of the town’s Parks & Greenways Master Plan.
At their meeting, members of the Parks, Recreation and Greenways Advisory Board addressed an issue Chairman John Baresich called as a “hangover” from years past – the Bridle Paths easement.
The easement has proved a thorn in the sides of several residents because it runs directly through their properties.
Asked by the Town Council to provide advice, the board unanimously recommended the council relinquish the easement from Marvin School Road to the Canterfield Creeks subdivision property line. But the board conditioned its recommendation on advice from the village’s lawyers that giving up the easement won’t harm the village’s Greenways Master Plan.
Baresich and other board members questioned whether the village could inadvertently lose its rights to other critical easements by relinquishing the Bridle Paths land.
One Canterfield Creek resident described the easement as a “road to nowhere” which, in some cases, comes “insanely close to people’s patios and backyards. ”Residents have argued against the easement for years, and some attended the December meeting in the hopes the newly established board might listen to their concerns.
Several Advisory Board Members, including Debra Miles, sympathized with the Canterbury Creek residents.
“They don’t have a chance in heck in this economy selling their homes with an easement on their property,” Miles said.
Others noted that it might not make sense to have an easement backing up to Canterbury Creek for public use when the residents of this neighborhood have said publicly they don’t want it.
Easements are a part of life in any neighborhood or development where, by law, developers must set aside a percentage of the land for public space.
Councilman Anthony Burman, who serves as the parks and recreation board liaison, said, “For some, it appears the strange locations of the easements is the big problem, rather than the fact that the easements exist at all.”