City gets involved with escape gate permit, easement, fence variance requests
What appears to be a dispute between neighbors has ended up being brought before the Mustang City Council.
On Tuesday, councilmembers conducted the first reading of a request by Jeff Lindsay of 1250 W. Rancho Drive for the vacation of a nearby easement to become part of his property.
Lindsay lives on the west end of W. Rancho Drive, located south of State Highway 152 between Clear Springs and Czech Hall Roads. He is asking the city to give him the right-of-way easement for the west 15 feet of Rancho Drive, where it dead ends near his property.
Lindsay wants the easement to “preserve the peace and harmony of Rancho Estates and to provide the continuance of the utility easement,” according to city documents.
Councilmembers set the matter for public hearing at their Dec. 6 meeting. All parties within 300 feet and utility franchisees will be notified and have the opportunity to protest the proposed vacation.
A neighbor’s response
Deborah Jansak, who resides at 302 S. Owen Road, made a plea to councilmembers Tuesday to not grant Lindsay’s request. She owns property to the west of where Rancho Drive ends and in August, was granted a request by the city to install a gate for access onto Rancho Drive.
Her property includes a residence that faces the west to Owen Road and also a large acreage that goes to the east, going to where Rancho Drive dead-ends. She currently keeps horses on the property but in the past had cattle, she said.
Jansak is in the process of installing her gate by gathering price quotes. She believes the city should not grant Lindsay’s request because it would prevent her from installing her gate, noting it has already been approved, Jansak told the council.
“It will be an escape gate, not a main gate,” Jansak explained.
Both Lindsay and Shawn Tidwell, who lives across from Lindsay at 1255 W. Rancho Drive, have been in contact with Jansak, she reported Tuesday. She said one of the homeowners has even had an attorney contact her as well.
Neither Lindsay or Tidwell were in attendance Tuesday for the meeting.
Community Development Director Melissa Helsel said Tidwell is asking for a variance from the city to install a 6-foot fence from his building line, 30 feet south to the Rancho Drive.
Helsel said the city does not allow fences that high and normally permits just three feet instead to prevent houses look like a “fortress.”
The fencing matter will go before the city’s Board of Adjustment for consideration, Helsel said.