According to the deed, the land I am about to purchase extends 25' into
the middle of a street, which was once a private road on a plat. The
road is now a township road. The pavement used to end about 50 feet from
the end of my boundary.
About 15 years ago (PA's adverse possession statute requires 21 years), a
family was given part of the adjacent lot by a family member-owner. This
parcel of land was landlocked, and easement should have run across the
grantor's land to the main road. This easement would have run a
considerable distance (about a quarter-mile down a hill).
The person who granted this family this land was well-connected with the
township supervisors at the time. At the time, the township claimed that
the street originally ran along my entire boundary line to the corner of
my lot, rather than ending where the pavement ended.
So according to this reasoning, the parcel was actually not landlocked.
The family proceeded to cut a hole thru the hedge on my boundary line,
and pave a section of both my prospective land and another person's land.
The township claimed it was just paving a section of existing road that
wasn't paved or used.
Now, ordinarily, I wouldn't mind having 1 more house worth of traffic
passing in front of my house. But for some reason or another, this
family generates a disproportionate amount of vehicle traffic (both
residents and non-residents) than the rest of my neighbors.
Additionally, they drive faster than the other neigbors. This street is
at the crest of a hill, so if a child or pet were to wander into the
street, the results could be disastrous. Further, the children of this
family and their friends illegally ride four-wheelers across this paved
stratch onto the street.
I want to either file a quiet title action or obtain a declaratory
judgmeent that the township road never extended past its originally paved
point, rather than all the way to my boundary line. This would require
this family to use an easement across the grantor's land, which it should
have had to use in the first place, and allow me to prevent this nuisance
traffic from travelling in front of my prospective land, and to once
again close the hedge.
Where in the county, township, or other records would I look to discover
whether or not this township road extends as far as the township claims
that it does? WOuld it be in a deed book, or some other location for
recording easements? Or would it be in some other place?