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News Brief - February 2001:

Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, plans to condemn property for a trail after it loses lawsuit against owners

Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, lost in Pennsylvania Superior Court in 1999. It was a victory for 441 property owners who had faced the County's attempt in court since 1990 to assert ownership to an abandoned railroad bed that it wanted to convert to a trail. Unfortunately for the landowners, who were concerned about privacy, safety hazards, and liability, the County revised the design for the trail along Perkiomen Creek, and in February 2001 resolved to start condemnation procedures in against five property owners who would not give up.

"William Weirman, whose mother owns one of the properties off Route 29 in Perkiomen Township, reacted to the commissioners' actions with disgust," according the report by staff writer Carl Hessler, Jr., in the Mercury, which reported the County Commissioners' decision on February 9. "'We of course don't want the trail, but we can't afford to fight it,'" Mr. Weirman said.

(February 9, 2001)

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