New boundary lines to be drawn for Summit County
December 6, 2011
The boundary line between Summit and Morgan county will soon become more clear in an effort to solve a border dispute between the two counties dating back to the 1800s.
According to Summit County Recorder Alan Spriggs, the line between the two counties, near the intersection of Interstate 80 and Interstate 84, where the Stagecoach Estates, Glenwild and Redhawk subdivisions intersect is unclear.
"The county line was described in the original surveys as ‘the ridgeline’ and where the exact ridgeline is on flat portions of the hill is very unclear. Especially since on one side of the hill is the East Canyon River watershed and on the other is the Weber River watershed," Spriggs said. "We were asked by the property owners in Stagecoach Estates, both on the Summit County side and on the Morgan County side, to draw a clear boundary line on the ground to help them decide lot boundaries and property disputes in the development."
Spriggs added that it was the property owners, not the counties, who were concerned about the boundary and no property taxes or water rights will change based on the new county line.
Last week, the two counties signed an agreement to record an exact county line. The cost will be evenly split between the two counties and a survey company from both counties will be present to decide on the boundary. Both counties agreed to pay up to $15,000 for surveying, but Spriggs estimates it will cost significantly less.
"This is not an unusual problem to have," Spriggs said, adding that numerous county boundaries are described in vague terms. "The two surveying companies will physically go up to the ridgeline and place permanent boundary markers and give both counties the same coordinates to put in their records for future use."