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As a local public works agency headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, the Franklin County Engineer's Office is responsible for the maintenance and construction of 271 miles of county roadway and 351 county bridges, as well as upkeep of all county ditches, drains, retention basins, and other storm water facilities within the right-of-way of county roads in unincorporated areas. To meet the continuing development and infrastructure needs of Franklin County, the Engineer's Office utilizes the latest technologies for determining and maintaining roadway centerlines and boundaries; retracing and setting new monuments for original public land surveys; preparing geographic information system mapping for real estate tax assessments; and establishing precise countywide horizontal and vertical control to maintain uniformity in construction, surveying, and mapping.
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Walker Road between Carter Road and Davis Road is now open to traffic.
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Let’s honor the American Flag! Today celebrates the adoption of the flag in 1777 by the Continental Congress. The modern flag is comprised of 13 stripes representing the 13 original colonies and 50 stars representing the 50 states. #FlagDay #StarsAndStripes
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#TeamFCEO attended the 2024 COMTO Columbus Scholarship Luncheon to celebrate the achievements of this year’s scholarship recipients. It was an inspiring event, and we wish all of the students success in their future endeavors!
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Franklin County Engineer
June is National Safety Month, and this week is dedicated to roadway safety. Stay safe by being aware of your surroundings including the road, traffic, weather, other vehicles, and pedestrians to avoid potential hazards. #nationalsafetymonth
Franklin County Engineer's Office
970 DUBLIN ROAD
COLUMBUS, OHIO 43215
(614) 525-3030
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Surveyor’s Journal Entry Twelve

Surveyor’s Journal Entry Twelve

The Harrison Act Establishes Rules for Public Land Purchases

The Harrison Land Act, passed by congress in 1800, established the first rules by which land companies and independent settlers could purchase federal lands in the Northwest Territory. The minimum purchase level was set at 320 acres at a cost of two dollars per acre. Half of the price, plus administrative fees, were due at the time of the transaction. The other half was to be paid annually over a four year period.

The first federal land offices were established at Steubenville, Cincinnati, Chillicothe, and Marietta. They administered public land auctions and the private sale of unsold acreage.

To enhance affordability, the minimum land purchase amount was lowered to 160 acres by the Land Act of 1804, which still called for a two-dollar per acre sale price and the payment of an unpaid balance over a four year period.

Although the land acts were meant to control the price and promote the sale of U.S. Congress Lands, they set the standard for pricing and the extension of credit for land sales throughout Ohio in the Virginia Military District, United States Military District, and Refugee Tract.