Auditor Roxanna Moritz and Official Records Clerk Cathy Voelkers recently attended a 15 hour “hands on” class in legal descriptions.  This class was for the beginning to the moderately experienced user and covered many aspects of legal descriptions.  Participants used protractors and other instruments as part of the “hands on” experience.  Cathy has been cross training to assist in the Plat Room with property transfers and this class was very helpful to her. 

The class began with a brief look at surveying methods, both past and present, followed by an overview of the Public Land Survey System and how it ties into working with legal descriptions. The class covered many of the different types of legal descriptions, from dividing a section of land all the way through working with curves and angular measurements. The class also went into resolving conflicts from ambiguous descriptions to how water can affect a boundary in a legal description.  At the end of the class both Roxanna and Cathy passed the exam approved by the Iowa Department of Revenue.