Kolle Road Closed

Kolle Road may open to the public after Victoria County commissioners discuss potential negotiations with property owners to transfer the road to the county.

In May, the Sandhop family closed Kolle Road, a small but significant road in the community. The closure upset some residents who consistently drove along the mile-long road even though it is private. The road was frequently used to connect drivers on Farm-to-Market Road 444 at Benbow Road to homes on Jentry and Bischoff roads.

Victoria County Commissioner Clint Ives said in a memo that the road’s closure has “generated considerable public objection, which has been directed to my office for action.”

In the memo, Ives said “the lengthy amount of time that the public has enjoyed unrestricted access and use of Kolle Road” provides the county with an opportunity to bring back the public nature of the road by trying to negotiate a suitable agreement.

To do so, Ives said it is necessary for the landowners to either “deed title of the necessary right of way” or grant a written easement to the county.

Darryl Sandhop, whose father owns part of the property off Kolle Road, told the Advocate previously that his father was “open to” giving the road to the county but that the other property owner was not.

If the road is transferred to the county, the county would cover all expenses to improve the road for public use.

Ives said in the memo that an answer is needed by Sept. 1 to move forward on the project.

Also Monday, commissioners will hear a report from Constable Kenneth Easley regarding “civil process service in Victoria County, including writs of execution,” and take appropriate action.

Morgan Theophil covers local government for the Victoria Advocate. She can be reached at 361-580-6511, mtheophil@vicad.com or on Twitter.

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Morgan Theophil covers local government for the Victoria Advocate. She can be reached at 361-580-6511, mtheophil@vicad.com or on Twitter.

(3) comments

Brian Vandale

Sounds like the county is going to try and take the property. If the owners or owner, doesn't want people going through their property, let them go around.

Glenn Wilson

Brian - Agreed, but the problem is how long the public use of the road has been allowed by the owners. There are several laws in TX that allow trespassers, on land, vacant houses etc, to legally continue their activity if they can get away with it for whatever the minimum time is.

Glenn Wilson

My comment should have ended with,"to legally continue their activity if they have been getting away with it for whatever the minimum time is."

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