Settlement to end Cottonwood property squabble

COTTONWOOD -- Cottonwood has worked out a settlement to clean-up a land ownership dispute in Old Town, in the wake of the city's purchase last year of three properties formerly owned by the Gardner recycling business.

What was disputed is an apparent snaking land ownership stretching along Main Street and the entire end of West Yavapai Street to connect to the Green Family trust land.

The city maintains that the County Assessor had mistakenly shown the property belonging to the Green trust and that Ed Green had paid taxes on it for a number of years, even though there is no other historical evidence of the ownership.

The city, believing the land should have been dedicated to the public during the 1950s platting process, has pursued a "quiet title action" in Superior Court, since the Green Family Trust has not come to agreement with Cottonwood until recently. Now a settlement between the Green Trust and Cottonwood would permanently waive any claims to the land in return for a sum of $11,000 while the court title action is expected to make the ownership clear and permanent.

-- Jon Hutchinson

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