Lehigh plans meeting on road

LEHIGH – A road that collapsed in the Webster County town of Lehigh is likely not the responsibility of the county, Webster County Engineer Randy Will said.

The road, which leads to Don Rowley’s home, has crumbled in recent wet weather, but there is still some uncertainty on which government entity is responsible for the repair and upkeep of the road – Webster County or the city of Lehigh.

Will said he was contacted by Lehigh Mayor Paula Martin Monday morning requesting that someone from his office come out to examine the road and assess its condition. In researching the area, Will concluded that the road is likely not within the county’s jurisdiction.

“Based on the records we looked up, the road is all located within the city limits,” said Will. “From what we can tell, it may not be a public road. This appears to be an issue between the city and a private landowner.”

Martin declined to comment on the situation when contacted by The Messenger Monday.

Phone messages seeking comment from Rowley was not returned Monday evening.

According to online records, the Rowley property is listed at 3100 Pleasant St., which is south of downtown Lehigh on the east side of the Des Moines River.

A meeting is planned for 6:30 p.m. today at the Lehigh City Hall to discuss the road and possible solutions to the problem.