Brownstown looking to permanently close alley



Brownstown Town Council will meet at 6 p.m. today at town hall for a second reading of an ordinance to vacate an alley.

Marjorie and Gary Day of Brownstown have requested the council vacate the 12 foot alley running between Tanner Street and Cross Street, because no one is maintaining it, and it isn’t used as an alley anymore, Marjorie Day said.

“It’s grown up. There’s trees all along it. Nobody cares for it,” she said.

The couple plans to put up a fence around their property and need the alley closed to do so.

She said the alley hasn’t been used for years and structures have been built on it.

At the Sept. 4 meeting, council members unanimously approved the request, but it must be approved three times before it can go into effect.

No one attended the meeting to speak against the petition.

If the alley is vacated, the land will be divided between the six adjoining property owners, said town attorney Rodney Farrow.

The town mailed certified letters to all the impacted property owners and the notice of the public hearing was printed in the newspaper, Farrow said.

Councilman Gregg Goshorn asked if their were any utilities running through the alley.

Day said she called the 8-1-1 hotline to determine where utilities were and was told they would contact Willey to let them know the findings, but she wasn’t aware of any issues.

The third reading of the ordinance will be Oct. 1.

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What: Brownstown Town Council meeting

Where: Town hall, 200 W. Walnut St.

When: 6 p.m. today

On the agenda: Second reading of an ordinance to vacate an alley between Tanner Street and Cross Street


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