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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.
Franklin County Engineer
Franklin County Engineer
#TeamFCEO attended the Pre-Bid Information Session for the Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health (ADAMH) Board of Franklin County which provided networking opportunities with minority owned businesses.
Franklin County Engineer
Franklin County Engineer
#TeamFCEO participated in the Franklin County Futures Job Fair where we shared information about employment opportunities at our office. It was a great event!
Franklin County Engineer
Franklin County Engineer
Smiley Road, between Fishinger Road and Hilliard-Cemetery Road, will be closed from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Friday, January 27, 2023, for roadway maintenance. This closure is expected to last one day, weather permitting. Local Access will be maintained.
Franklin County Engineer
Franklin County Engineer
Thanks to everyone who attended the Opportunities Job Fair! We had a great time meeting with people excited to learn about our internship and seasonal opportunities at the FCEO. If you are still interested in joining #TeamFCEO, please visit https://www.franklincountyengineer.org/employment/ to learn more.
Franklin County Engineer
Franklin County Engineer
The Franklin County Sheriff's Office has declared a LEVEL ONE Snow Emergency. Roadways are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow. Roads may also be icy. Motorists are urged to drive very cautiously.
Franklin County Engineer's Office
970 DUBLIN ROAD
COLUMBUS, OHIO 43215
(614) 525-3030
fracoeng@franklincountyengineer.org
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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.