Arbor Vitae & DOT Dispute 1.4 Acres Submitted: 04/16/2013
Story By Shardaa Gray

Photos By Shardaa Gray

ARBOR VITAE - A small piece of land caused a not so small dispute between the Town of Arbor Vitae and the Department of Transportation.

Now, they're hoping to finally come to terms.

The town board and DOT have been negotiating over a piece of land for more than 10 years.

That's a long time to argue over 1.4 acres.

Both the DOT and the town say it should be resolved within the month.

The issue is that the DOT owns the land the town wants to buy.

It's between Highway 70 and Big Arbor Vitae Drive.

The DOT is asking for more than 19 thousand dollars, but town board chairman Frank Bauers thinks it's a little over priced.

"It would be nice if we had it. It's not a necessity because we own 88 acres across the road," said Bauers.

"So we can make a parking lot as big as Miller Park if we want to, but it would be nice to get the whole thing straightened out once and for all."

We spoke with a representative for the DOT last week.

Their main goal is to work with the town and get things resolved.

"It's our goal to work with the township. I know they're in disagreement with the initial estimate that came their way and we'll sit down and work with them and work through all the land transfer issues that exist with that particular realignment up there," said Region Programming and Planning Chief, Brian Gaber.

"We'll hear them out and see what they have to say, look at their counter offer and negotiate further with them to resolve it."

The DOT was not at the meeting tonight.

Bauer says the next step is to bring this issue to their attorney.

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