‘It has to be fixed’ | North Texas homeowners frustrated over border dispute between two counties – WFAA.com

May 6, 2022 by No Comments

Both counties refer to the area being taken to court as “the notch.” It is a stretch of land along the border between Kaufman and Henderson Counties.

KAUFMAN COUNTY, Texas — As a portion of a North Texas border will be disputed in a nearby district court, the homeowners who live in the area still don’t know what county they live in.

There are more than 180 properties in an approximately six-mile-long path between Kaufman County and Henderson County that are currently in limbo, thanks to a land agreement made more than 100 years ago.

The stretch of land is along County Road 4044 in Kemp, southeast of Dallas.

The 1,200-foot-wide area will be taken to the Van Zandt County District Court as the nearby county judge attends to the case filed by Kaufman County’s District Attorney’s Office. The argument in the lawsuit revolves around which county the stretch of land belongs to.

Both counties refer to the area being taken to court as “the notch,” because there is a stretch of land along the border between Kaufman County and Henderson County that pokes out from the rest of the border.

But residents who live in the notch remain uncertain about which county they call home.

Mike Webb’s family has lived in Texas since the 1800s, and they’ve lived in the notch since the 1960s.

“This is my home,” Webb said. “This is my territory.”

Webb said he and his family have always paid taxes in Kaufman County and considered the notch to be Kaufman County. He said it wasn’t until a couple of years ago he started to hear local leaders say that the border was a straight line.

Webb said County Road 4044 hasn’t been properly cared for in decades and that it has been ignored the past few years because Kaufman County leaders are telling the property owners it’s illegal for them to fix a road that is not in their county.

“The cars are just getting destroyed,” Webb said. “Absolutely, it’s a safety issue.”

Webb said the potholes in this road are causing damage to cars driving on it and that he frequently has to move left-behind car parts off the road.

“The residents are being abandoned here, and it’s becoming a dangerous situation,” Webb said. “I don’t think anybody’s going to get thrown in jail for repairing a road that they’ve been maintaining.”

However, Webb said he expects the long-term repairs on this road will be costly for whichever county it is decided it’s a part of.

“They’re going to be strapped with a huge bill to try to bring the road up to any sort of acceptable standard,” Webb said. “It has to be fixed. It’s dangerous.”

Richards called County Road 4044 “disintegrated.”

“The road was and is such a mess,” Richards said. “It’s not patchable at this point.”

Since WFAA went out to this area, Ken Cates, who is the Kaufman County Commissioner for Precinct 4, posted on Facebook that “interim repairs” on this road had started to provide support during the “pending lawsuit.” Photos were included that show some potholes being covered.

In his post, Cates also said this area is in Henderson County and that the temporary work is being done to improve the situation until “Henderson County accepts its responsibility for this area within its geographic boundaries through the lawsuit filed by the Kaufman County DA’s Office …….

Source: https://www.wfaa.com/article/news/local/county-border-dispute-kaufman-henderson/287-4fdde9dc-270a-4f37-a7e1-09cfd4ccf9e5

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