Commissioners plan executive session

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The Moffat County commissioners will hold an hour-long executive session Tuesday to get up to speed on legal issues the county is dealing with.

County attorney Kathleen Taylor is expected to update new Commissioners Tom Gray and Saed Tayyara on litigation, road issues and mineral policy. The 2 p.m. meeting is closed to the public.

Moffat County is suing James and Katherine Bassett of Greystone about ownership of a half-mile section of road that crosses the Bassetts' property. The Bassetts say the road is private property. The county argues that it is County Road 60A.

The case has been brewing since 2001, when the county retained R. A. Santarelli, an attorney from Almont, to handle the issue.

Santarelli has argued that a Civil War-era right-of-way law, Revised Statute 2477, gives the county rights to the road.

But a previous commissioner board that approved R.S. 2477 policy stipulated that such rights would not be claimed on private property except at the request of the property owners.

The commissioners have been working on developing a mineral policy for months. The county owns several hundred thousand acres of mineral rights, many of them on private property.

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