My neighbors heard their was a Township meeting about constructing new sidewalks throughout Franklin Township, Somerset County, the information was passed onto my husband from a resident, he attended the meeting, of course, the Township had made up their minds to construct sidewalks throughout Franklin Township. Franklin Township has a company creating new sidewalks throughout the community, there was no formal letter sent out to me or residents of this construction project. On Oct 16' the construction company went in our mailbox and placed the letter stating they will begin work on Oct 17'2018, and not to park on the street. On Oct 25'2018, the construction took portion of my property to create a sidewalk on the street, where I live, is this legal? What are my rights as a citizen? Do they own the 10 feet of my property? Residents are told the information is on the Deed, I've been looking at my Deed and the 1925 Tax Map and the most current Franklin Township Tax Map.
The information comes from Franklin Township Office. We own our home.
Thank You for answering my question.
Bit late to the fight if they have already started the project. That said, take your documents to any local property law attorney for a quick read on the existence of an easement.
Most likely the town has the right to construct the sidewalk by way of an easement. I am trying to figure out your damages. Were you making so much use of that area of your property that the installation of a sidewalk causes such harm as to spend money on a lawsuit (and the emotional stress which will accompany it)? The purpose of the sidewalk is to make the streets safer for your neighbors. Are you saying you want your neighbors to know you don't care about their safety?
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