Imagine learning that the road you take every day no longer exists. Not that he has disappeared. It’s still there. The gravel that you can smell under your feet, the dust fills your nose. It’s there … but Hillman Township in Minnesota, just outside Mora (about an hour north of MSP) says the route no longer exists on their maps.
The township used a law that says roads not maintained for 40 years or more revert to the landowner, in this case, Renee and Andy Crisman. They use this street to get to their homes and according to Yahoo News / Star Tribune, now that it’s no longer an official route, will they get the mail? Will their neighbor block the road to deny them access to their house? (more details later)? Will the school bus still come to pick up their daughters?
But what is going on here?
It started some time ago … but basically the Crimsons left the Twin Cities in 2013 and, among other things, were annoyed that the township didn’t maintain and plow the road to their house. The township maintained it and plowed it down to its neighbors, the Schmolls, but that’s where they stopped. They asked the township to take care of it and they said no … too expensive.
As so often happens in these kinds of stories, the law got involved because the Crimsons were plowing and maintaining the road and even though the township would not, it is against the law for the Crimsons to do so. . When the township said, “Hey, we’re just going to let the road come back to you,” legal fights started and now… well, there isn’t much love on this street that no longer exists.
According to Yahoo News / Star Tribune … it appears to be a battle of personalities as well as anything else in this township of less than 400 people.
“People really have the attitude that, ‘You come from the cities. You didn’t grow up here. You don’t belong,” said Renee Crisman. “How dare you come here and think that you should have your road maintained that you pay taxes for?” “
“They feel like they’re way better and smarter than everyone else,” said Danny Schmoll, a former township supervisor who, with his mother, owns the land the road crosses adjoining the 120-acre property. of the Crismans. .
It’s like something of a lifetime movie, isn’t it?
Which side is right? Who knows … we’re here, they’re up there and that’s just something to admire, isn’t it? Hopefully everyone understands this and a long feud can end.
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