Private property at Canton Lake extends to water
June 2, 2008
When a family plans to sell their property, a stub of shoreline 26 feet wide causes a dispute between the city and the landowner.
Published: Wednesday, May 28, 2008 12:01 PM CDT
By JOHN FROEHLING/of the Daily Ledger
An area attorney told Canton officials Tuesday a family owns property including a narrow strip that extends all the way to the water of Canton Lake. The family plans to sell the property, which includes farmland in both Canton and Orion townships.
A stub of property 26 feet wide goes to the lake. That means 26 feet of shoreline is not controlled by the city, so the main concern is protecting the municipal water supply, according to City Attorney Chrissie Peterson. It could be of interest to the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency as well, she added.
Judy Toohill, who lives in Canton and has a law office in Farmington, said she represents a family named Marinich who intends to sell their land. She presented plats of property and various owners from 1871, 1895, 1912 and other dates. She said the family was involved in selling and buying land when the city was acquiring land for Canton Lake.
"Plat books don't really show ownership 100 percent correctly," Toohill commented.
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