The street right-of-way includes the street and an area on either side of the street, used to support the use of the street. It also includes the area below and above the roadway. The Township has an interest in the rights-of-way either by ownership or through an easement for travel or utilities. The scope of the easement can be determined by a written easement document, by the plat or by the use of the easement by the public
As the road authority, the Town Board has broad authority to regulate what occurs within the Township's road rights-of-way. This authority is found in Minnesota Statutes §365.1.
The Town Board finds that placement of rocks and other man-made obstructions in the public road rights-of-way by the owners and occupants of abutting property creates potential safety hazards for motorist, bicyclists and pedestrians; impedes, hinders or interferes with a free and safe passage of parking of vehicles; and renders snow removal and roadway maintenance more difficult. The Town Board determines it in the best interests of the Township and its residents to prohibit these obstructions and hold property owners responsible for removal of the obstructions.
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