Kuttawa and Eddyville claim same property

By By Jody Norwood jnorwood@heraldledger.com

Recent efforts to create a county-wide development plan may be bringing a long running property dispute to a head.

On Monday, the Kuttawa Mayor Lee McCollum discussed city limits with the council. McCollum said recent efforts to create a planning and zoning comprehensive plan have once again brought up the issue of what falls within city limits at Mineral Mound State Park.

According to McCollum, the city annexed a site known as the Mason property -- about 300 acres that included part of what is now Mineral Mound State Park -- in the 1960s. The location was considered as a possibility for construction of the new town with the impending impoundment to create Lake Barkley.

McCollum said the area was surveyed by Four Rivers Surveying and Engineering and city limits were sent to the Secretary of State's office.

"It's recorded in the courthouse in the 1960s," McCollum said. "Back in 1980 the state, as I understand, asked every city to update boundary lines. Somebody took a pencil and drew it across there and that became the boundary. There's no ordinance changing it, so that action was mute.

"What it's created is an overlap of territory. Eddyville hasn't made any move correcting it, but we did.... If we don't correct this now, once that county planning and zoning map is approved, we stand a chance of losing our territory."

McCollum and Eddyville Mayor Nancy Slaton agree on the location of the dispute: a portion of Mineral Mound State Park that includes the pro shop. They disagree on which city the clubhouse is located.

Eddyville City Clerk Lynn Orange said the city has collected occupational taxes on park employees over the years, and provides water at reduced in-city rate. The city also maintains Gregory Road, which provides access to the clubhouse.

Slaton said the building is part of Eddyville, with the majority of the golf course falling under Kuttawa's boundary. Orange said the city recently received new maps from planning and zoning with the correct city limits.

"If we claimed it in 1960 and they claimed it after that, I would think we had prior right," said Sandra Stark. "Just because somebody drew a line doesn't make it [theirs]. It wasn't ever recorded, it was somebody drew a line and put in it the wrong place."

McCollum said he did not know if the planning and zoning commission was aware of the disputed property.