The City of Phillips is facing difficulties determining the right-of-way on some city streets, due to errors in platting that date back to the 1800s. The state law calls for 60 feet of right-of-way on city streets, with certain streets in Phillips only measuring 38 feet from curb to curb. The situation is further complicated by some property owners who are unwilling to concede any right-of-way.
“It was an unintentional error that has occurred throughout the years, with the current property owner(s) not having anything to do with the property boundaries, but having purchased the land,” said surveyor Al Schneider during the May 5 Committee of the Whole meeting. Schneider is currently re-platting the city.