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Road dispute a court matter

Road dispute a court matter

Why are people getting into scuffles when a judge can decide for them

It's simply unbelievable that in this day and age, with advances in technology and more than two centuries of legal precedent, that government officials and property owners still have disputes over the ownership of roads.

Yet such is the case in the Saratoga County town of Providence, where the town and a property owner have waged a multi-year battle over ownership of a little-used dirt road.

The hostility has reached the point to where the town supervisor, John Collyer, is accused of physically accosting resident William Trosan in one of their arguments over the road's ownership.

Trosan claims the town has no deed or right to the portion of Hans Creek Road that runs through his property, while Collyer claims the town owns the road by default because it's been maintaining it for 50 years.

Why are they involved in a shoving match? Didn't we establish a court system about 240 years ago to discourage people from resolving disputes with their fists? Maybe Collyer and Trosan should march off at 10 paces and settle this Aaron Burr style.

This dispute needn't have lasted this long or reached this level of hostility. The town and Mr. Collyer should gather up their respective proof, present it to a judge, and have him decide who owns the road. If it takes someone filing a lawsuit to get the matter on the docket, so be it. Then get the judge's ruling and be done with it. No pistols needed.

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