One thing never taught in any surveying class
Attention Deficit Disorder in the surveying workplace. It’s not a medical thing. It’s a challenging situation in most survey offices.
I set out this morning to finish one survey plat. About two hours worth of time required. I have yet to open the file and it is 1:45 p.m.
A County Commissioner called to get educated on a specific road that appears to be open but that was closed over 20 years ago. It also happens to be on the county line, so half would be in the neighboring county and require their support to reopen the road. Provided the history of that route and how the same people had made the same request to the County Commission about eight to ten years ago and were told NO WAY!
The County Counselor just sent an email asking about a different specific route and how to write a proper description for that route for a temporary speed reduction resolution. Fixed him up.
A surveyor from another State called to inquire as to what survey information the County has that might be helpful for an ALTA request for an industrial property in a nearby city. He was hoping we might have railroad strip maps covering the area next to the site. We do.
My farm mechanic has sent me eight or more pictures of what he is finding wrong with the combine we hauled home last week.
My wife is attending what is the first day of school for teachers. Students don’t come in until Thursday. She had heard previously that a student had been enrolled whose first name is Beowulf. Today, she learned he was transferring in from my school district, although he doesn’t live in either her district or mine. She told me his last name. I told her that I was nearly positive that he would be the son of someone we both know. Told her to check out his home address because if it was on Suchnadsuch Road, he would definitely be the son of a troublemaker extraordinaire. Turns out I was correct.
Had a twenty minute conversation with the County Coordinator of a neighboring county assisting him with three different issues. Sometime tomorrow, I will meet with him to wrap up all three items, as best I can. One of his issues involved two neighbors who hate each other. One wants to close a county road that is the only public route for the other fellow to access his house. The cops were called yesterday and both were charged with creating a public disturbance.
Former client called to request I come back to survey out a portion of his tract to be switched to being zoned as commercial property so the remainder of his tract can be downgraded to agricultural.
Need to take a little trip to the bank, courthouse and pharmacy before they close.
Who knows? Maybe, I can get to that drawing tomorrow. Maybe.
Edit: Neglected to mention receiving a call from a fellow surveyor needing help. He was out in the field on the opposite side of a highway from where I had a project five years ago. He thought something wasn’t right about the location of the section line of concern. As it turned out, I had to go back to another survey I did eight years ago for the same client to find the answer to his concern. I had found a bar set in 1993 by DOT surveyors following prior DOT work from 1965. The quarter corner is 29.0 feet north of the TW of the highway but only 11.85 feet north of the survey base line. He was confusing the baseline with the highway centerline as so many of our old highways were centered on the section line. Happy I could help him out. I’ve been in a similar situation in the past when calling him.
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