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From: MrBrad <>
Date: Tue, 03 Apr 2001 14:45:24 -0500

Metes and Bounds --- A term used in surveying property. It is used to
define a "closed" geometric shape. The shape can be a square, rectangle,
pie or in fact any other shape you can imagine. The approach is to define
points at the interjections of lines and then to describe the compass
direction of the line and the distance between the points. Curved lines can
be described as the arc of a circle with a known radius or as the "chord
distance" (the straight line distance between the points while the true
line is the curve). There are as many ways to write a metes and bounds as
there are people to write them. The objective is simple...describe the
boundaries of a piece of real property.

For example...imagine a diamond shaped square with all sides 100 feet.
Think of a baseball diamond and you are standing at home plate and looking
over the second base would be north. (It maybe helpful to draw a picture).
Call home plate as point number 1, first base is point 2, second base is
point 3 and third base is point 4. The lines from 1 to 2, 2 to 3, 3 to 4
and 4 back to 1 close the figure.

Descriptions also have a point of beginning usually a section corner or
other known spot. We can use the spot where the home base umpire stands
(about 5 feet behind home base). The metes and bounds description of this
property would be:

Beginning at a point 5.00 feet north of the "Umpires Spot" (this defines
home plate = point 1 = the point of beginning), to a point (first base)
Northeast 100.00 feet, thence to a point (this would be second base)
Northwest 100.00 feet, then to a point (third base) Southwest 100.00, and
finally Southeast 100.00 back to the point of beginning. Parcel contains
10,000 sq feet or .2295 acres (10,000 divided by 43,560).

Could also be written as:
Beginning at the umpires spot, north 00 degrees 00 minutes 5.00 feet to the
point of beginning, thence north 45 degrees 00 minutes east 100 feet, then
north 45 degrees 00 minutes west 100.00 feet, thence south 45 degrees 00
minutes 100.00 feet, thence south 45 degrees 00 minutes east 100 feet to
the point of beginning. Parcel contains 10,000 sq feet or .2295 acres.

At 09:26 AM 04/03/2001 -0400, YankeeDD wrote:
>mete (met) verb, transitive
>met·ed, met·ing, metes
>1.To distribute by or as if by measure; allot: mete out punishment.
>2.Archaic. To measure.
>[Middle English meten, from Old English metan.]
>bound (bound) noun
>The upper or lower limit in a permitted range of values.
>This made me think about the word "mete" as used in the Epsicopal/Anglican
>service about being "mete and right so to do."
>Joyce Stevens
>Livonia, MI
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>-----Original Message-----
>From: Stanley A. Wickman [mailto:]
>Sent: Tuesday, April 03, 2001 8:58 AM
>Subject: Re: [Ont] Michigan Township - Ranges
>Please note: There are 36 square miles in a township. A county consists of
>as many townships as could be enclosed in the politics and/or economics of
>the moment.
>Property is also described by its METES and BOUNDS which entails the terms,
>RANGE and TOWN, of whose definitions I am too uncertain to venture a
>statement at this hour.
>Stan from Livonia, MI
>----- Original Message -----
>From: <>
>To: <>
>Sent: Monday, April 02, 2001 11:53 PM
>Subject: [Ont] Michigan Township - Ranges
>> Don't know if this will help anyone - for the State of Michigan in the
>> Each section in a county is 1 square mile. There are 36 sections (36 sq.
>> miles) in each county - 6 sections running North and South and 6 sections
>> running East and West (or 6 miles each way). Some counties will have
>> exceptions in their sections due to the shape of the land.
>> The Base Line, which runs East and West is at the bottom of Ingham County
>> (most Southern border). The Michigan Meridian, which runs North and
>> also is in Ingham County (in fact, it runs down the center of Ingham
>> At the Base Line and Michigan Meridian, the coordinates would be 0.
>> Therefore, 7N would be (7 x 6 mi.) North of the base line - 42 miles and
>15 E
>> would be (15 x 6 mi.) East of the Michigan Meridian, which is 90 miles.
>> Carol
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