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Court settles case of abandoned RR grade
From Silverton Standard, the place where you can write!
Posted on March 03 2011, 3:02pm by Mark Esper in Local News category
A San Juan County District Court judge has granted the owners of Cole Ranch subdivision a quiet title order, declaring them the owners of the old Silverton Northern Railroad grade across their property near Eureka.
But the order leaves in place provisions of the subdivision’s county-approved plat, which prohibits the owner from excavating or altering the grade or building a structure within 25 feet of the centerline of the grade.
The Feb. 15 order by San Juan County District Judge Gregory Lyman ends a long-running dispute between the property owners — Merlin Schaefer, Sandra Ippolite and San Juan Mountain Properties LLC, and San Juan County over the ownership of the historic railroad grade.

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