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The Telegram
  • Surveyor questions Mohawk village line

  • Utilizing 100-year-old maps as a guide, a surveyor consulting the Mohawk Village Board has found inconsistencies in the legal boundary separating the villages of Mohawk and Herkimer.

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  • Utilizing 100-year-old maps as a guide, a surveyor consulting the Mohawk Village Board has found inconsistencies in the legal boundary separating the villages of Mohawk and Herkimer.
    Denny Mowers, of D.L. Mowers Land Surveyors in Mohawk, in a phone interview said there may be parcels of land in Herkimer that Mohawk legally owns and vice versa. Boundaries dividing the towns of Herkimer and German Flatts could also require minor adjustments, he added.
    The discovery stems from the original corporate layout in 1844 which established the village line of Mohawk, according to Mowers.
    Maps made in 1844 were based on natural boundaries created by the Mohawk River and old Erie Canal, Mowers said. However, adjustments made in 1922 to the waterways - in order to form the current barge canal - created slightly different maps of the municipalities.
    Basically, the boundaries recognized today - deriving from 1922 - do not match the legally-binding plan for the municipality from 1844, Mowers explained. 
    Although unable to provide the exact location of the line, which winds along the original waterways, Mowers said preliminary surveying has created a rough estimate.
    Portions of the land near Route 5 and the New York State Thruway are just a few possibilities for realignment. But early data shows there are no current buildings on any of the parcels in question, he said.
    Land stretching from the east border of the village of Ilion all the way to the Route 28 bridge connecting the Herkimer and Mohawk villages is being evaluated, according to Mowers.
    Making more concrete boundaries requires recreating the old river with original maps, which the New York State Archives was unable to locate, along with using aerial photographs, Mowers said.
    Any action is at the discretion of the Mohawk Village Board, according to Karl Manne, village attorney.
    Manne said in a phone interview he is unable to comment on the issue until there is more solid information. He did say any such situation would definitely include all municipalities involved.
    Mowers said in about 30 days he will be able to present the Mohawk board with more detailed information. And pending their approval the appropriate municipalities will be addressed, he added.
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