PLSS question for those of you in recording states
Evaluate the following scenario. Are you seeing this in your area? If so, is it growing or diminishing?
A recent survey was conducted in the northwest and southwest quarters of a standard PLSS section. The firm has worked previously in that section. The new surveys shows the six (so-called Government) corners required as existing. However, in every case there is a note saying, "Not uncovered this survey." That means they are working from stored coordinates only and showing the bearings and distances to be identical to what they were XX number of years ago when they did prior surveys. The new tracts were established without comparing current measurements to record measurements. If corner records are produced and filed, they will be identical to those from XX number of years ago.
If it's the same surveyor signing I don't mind using the old measurements too much, but not even making sure the monument is there and undisturbed is problematic, and illegal in some places.
I dont have a very good feel for whether this practice is increasing or not.
The simple fact you're bringing it up, and have say 30+ years in the field indicate to me its growing......
"Not uncovered this survey."
This is very common in Clark County, Washington. I'm OK with reusing old measurements, but I believe that the monuments should at least be visited to determine their current status.
I've seen it around here. I personally think it's poor practice.
Our statutes tell us a m&b survey must be (basically) tied to a section line. They do not say it has to be at the same time as the survey.
I would think a prudent surveyor would want to verify the locations. But I guess he or she was pretty damned sure they hadn't "moved".