A man who was issued multiple citations for erecting a gate across a dedicated city street last fall pleaded guilty recently to two counts of violating city codes.
Charles Schroepfer, who lives off East Rose Lane, paid a $500 fine and court costs on one count and was given a suspended imposition of sentence and placed on two years’ probation on the second count, according to court records. All other counts were dismissed as part of a plea agreement.
Municipal Judge Craig Hellmann also ordered Schroepfer to reimburse the city for expenses related to a title search to determine if East Rose Lane is a dedicated city street.
City officials were not certain when Schroepfer erected the fence and gate blocking access to East Rose Lane, east of A. Roy Drive, but when they learned of it, Schroepfer was notified to remove the gate from the city’s right of way.
City Counselor Mark Piontek said Schroepfer, after he was notified, hired an attorney and challenged whether or not the fence and gate actually are on city right of way.
That led the city to conduct a title search of the property. Piontek said that search disclosed deeds dating back to the mid- to late-1800s in which the street right of way had been dedicated to the city.
Schroepfer was being cited for each day the gate and fence remained on the right of way.
The case in municipal court was settled in late January.