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This pic was taken from the far side of a cousin's hayfield looking towards Mom's homeplace. She was born here. A large power line runs close to the property line here and cuts through the pasture on the back side of the property. Our acquisition of Mom's place is nearing completion, and hopefully more pics will be coming soon.
 

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Nice looking farm. I'm glad you got the chance to get it. I know you won't regret it. ;)
I've got a main power line, and 3' water feeder line running through my property. Both installed while my grand parents were here.
Grandad and his two neighbors tried to get the power line rerouted 100 yards so it would run along side the road other than through their pastures and fields.
Finally gave up when the state pulled out the eminent domain card.
The water line, my grand mother convinced the water company to run at the edge of the woods other than right through the fields.
I've got a copy of the map that shows the proposed route, revised , and as built, with her signature, that was left in the house when we moved in.
Good thing about that is I have a fire hydrant close if I ever need it. Bad thing is it's an untreated line and can't hook up to it.
 

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Beautiful place. I love walking where my relatives walked. It's special.
 

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Thats beautiful I cant wait for more pics :D
 

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They say a picture is worth a thousand words but I say that one could write a book. Very nice and I look foreward to seeing more.
 

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That is surely some good news, Jim. How far away from your homestead does this property sit, and how many acres of tillable land are available ? I know its a great feeling to own property from someone special. Congrats to you, I know its been a rough road to get to this point sir.
 

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That is surely some good news, Jim. How far away from your homestead does this property sit, and how many acres of tillable land are available ? I know its a great feeling to own property from someone special. Congrats to you, I know its been a rough road to get to this point sir.
It's only about 3.6 miles away Wendell across and around the hollers. Shorter ifn one could travel through the woods. The county had a property tax re-valuation this year, and valued the old house at around $12,000 for tax purposes. It had tenants up until about 10 years ago, but ain't gonna happen anymore. I'd like to tear it down eventually. It has asbestos shingle siding, an environmental hazard so they would have to be removed before the fire dept. could do their thing.
I talked to a tax dept. representative way back in the winter to get some ingo for probating purposes, and right after revaluation, the house was valued at over $20,000, and he agreed to reduce it by $10,000. I filed an appeal when I got the formal notice, but it has been denied. I am going to the next step and re-appeal. I want them to justify how this value "represents what is fair to my neighbors and the taxpayers of the county", using the words on the notice. the only thing I can figure is that since much of the county's political practices are worthless, they have to find some other worthless tangible reason to justify its existence.

The entire tract of land is about 15.5 acres. The newer homesite, built in mid 1950s, is about .75 acre, and the property has about 2 acres in woodland and the rest is cleared and tillable. There is 6 to 7 acres which includes part of the woods in pasture. Mrs. Jim and I have re-built the fence, a simple 2 strand electric one, and will be moooooving a few cows and daughter's horse soon. I may add another higher strand along the road because of the horse. He is not a jumper, but one never knows. When my parents got the place from mom's mom back in the mid 1970s, there was some barb wire fencing, but it has since mostly disappeared. My mom remarried a few years after Dad's death, and a brother and step-dad installed a fence like the one I rebuilt. It mainly consists of heavy locust corner posts with PVC line posts and wire tensioners to remove the slack. 14 gauge smooth wire is used, and it all had to be replaced. My brother had cows here until a couple of months ago, and the last few years, he had made patch repairs. It ought to be good now for many years.
 

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The tax guys wanna be fair to the neighbors and the taxpayers of the county ??? I guess it doesn't matter about what's fair to YOU !!! That bureaucracy garbage just kills me. I guess they are "re-distributing the wealth". It is nice to know you've finalized the deal though. 3 1/2 miles isn't too bad to run over the check on stock daily either. Now if you could just use EMINENT DOMAIN to force the property owners between you to let you put a road through their cropland for quicker access.... :cry: :cry:
 

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Don't bring up the road thing with me. There is a 6 land divided super highway on the DOT maps that comes through my living room. I'll walk the 3.5 miles if it keeps the road away.
 

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Don't bring up the road thing with me. There is a 6 land divided super highway on the DOT maps that comes through my living room. I'll walk the 3.5 miles if it keeps the road away.
Ouch !!! Didn't mean to hit a sore spot Jim.. :oops: :oops: I cannot stand the way eminent domain is used to abuse people... especially if its for a super-store or something. My uncle recently lost a battle with a sewer line for a developing subdivision cutting directly through some of his bottom land. I know how you feel sir.
 

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No offense taken at all about the road thing. It just seems that NC believes the only for it to achieve economic is to build and build roads. I can explain how it happens here, but it would bore you to death. Our gas taxes, the highest in the Southeast, fall way short in maintain what we have, never mind what is on future transportation plans. Roads are used here to open up more land for development, and are not necessairly needed or are good transportation solutions.

Then we are told we must use less fuel to save the environment. :shock: The two things do not go together :!: :? :x
 
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