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Tiny snag with green space site
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Forsyth County News
A strip of land on a South Forsyth tract bought last year as green space is being disputed by adjacent landowners.

The neighbors, who own the .0153-acre boundary, say county surveyors had their figures wrong.

Forsyth County commissioners tried to clear up the misunderstanding involving the 63-acre Harrison tract during a recent work session.

At the advice of County Attorney Ken Jarrard, they voted 5-0 to sell for $2,000 the small section of land back to the Harrison estate, which can then settle the matter with adjacent property owners.

The property owners had their own survey conducted, separate from the county's.

"We have sat down and had our surveyors meet with their surveyors to see if we can work it out," said Jarrard, adding that the property width is about 1 foot.

Jarrard said selling the property back to the Harrison estate "has no impact whatsoever on the utility or functionality of the land."

The county took possession of the Harrison tract off Hwy. 141 on Dec. 31. The commission voted 3-2 to buy the land for $8.5 million.

Commissioners Charles Laughinghouse and Jim Harrell opposed the measure.

Another glitch arose when it was discovered the land deal would displace two families who had been living on the property for decades.

The commissioners voted 4-1 in February to approve a lease agreement with the estate's co-executors, who were charged with getting the residents off the property within a year.

Commissioner Jim Boff opposed the measure.

The Harrison property is one of the parcels the county bought as part of a $100 million parks and recreation bond voters approved in 2008. About $36 million of that was earmarked for green space.