County to seeks easements for entry to Adamsville Cemetery

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By Jeff M. Hardison

BRONSON - It will not be until after some dust settles that a road to allow access to the Adamsville Cemetery is built, according to information released at the Levy County Board of County Commissioners' Dec. 18 meeting.

J. Rollin Hudson Jr. tried to give the county a 15-foot easement off of U.S. Alt. 27, but County Road Administrator Bruce Greenlee said there are too many problems with the project to accept any easements yet.

There are potential unmarked graves under the proposed roadway, and there is a dispute over who owns the deed for some of the land in the area. Greenlee also said Hudson had promised a 30-foot easement earlier.

Hudson questioned whether he had promised a 30-foot easement, but Greenlee said he had Hudson's signature on a paper dedicating the land for the needed access to the cemetery.

Another 30-foot easement will be needed from the property owner or owners on the other side of the proposed road too, Greenlee said.

Other county staff reinforced the point about needing a 60-foot wide strip to put a road and cul-de-sac to the cemetery.

The county must have a 60-foot easement to build the road because that is the county's standard and it is the state's standard, Levy County Building and Zoning Director Rob Corbitt said.

An absolute minimum of 40 or 50 feet is accepted, Corbitt said, only when an existing development precludes the county from accepting the minimal 60-foot easement.

County Commission Chairman Sammy Yearty said people lack access to the Adamsville Cemetery now, and he does not speak for Hudson but he knows the man wants to help people gain that access.

Knowing of an alleged discrepancy in ownership of some of the land where the road will go and whether there are graves under the proposed site for the road, Greenlee advised the County Commission that he intends to clarify the issues before moving forward.

Hudson said he thinks there might be some problem with a 30-foot easement on his side too, because there are some big oak trees in the area under consideration for a road.