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May 12, 2022 City Council Regular Meeting
43. Authorize the City Manager to Execute a Contract to Grant an Access Easement Across the Savannah Ogeechee Canal at 1400 Canal Bank Road.
Strategic Priority
Good Government

Don Dyches, the attorney representing Joseph Monroe, has requested the City grant an access easement to benefit property located at 1400 Canal Bank Road. The easement would provide access across the Savannah Ogeechee Canal and link Mr. Monroe’s property to Little Neck Road. There is already an earthen driveway within the proposed easement area that is used by Mr. Monroe to access his property. However, there is no formal easement document granting those rights and this has created a title issue associated with the planned sale of the property. Mr. Dyches provided documentation and a claim that the property has been in the Monroe family for generations and their access across the canal predates the City’s ownership of that canal (which occurred in 1915). Given these circumstances, City staff have negotiated a settlement with Mr. Dyches to avoid litigation, and that settlement involves conveyance of a limited driveway easement in exchange for payment of an administrative fee of $5,000.


The matter has been reviewed and approved by Real Estate Services and the City Attorney.



David Keating, Senior Director, Real Estate Administration
Financial Impact
$5,000 to the General Fund.
Review Comments
Exhibit 1: 1400 Canal Bank - Easement.pdf
Exhibit 2: Dyches Easement Agreement.docx
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