June 15th 2013 marked the 2 year anniversary of our ROW dispute with the Rumney School Board.
On June 15th 2011, I presented the Rumney School Board with a simple plan to remove the topsoil/loam from the existing right of way and replace it with gravel in order to establish a travel way which would provide for year round access to our home. My plan did not require the taxpayers to incur any costs.
However, the school board choose to incur legal expenses regarding this matter.
On 11/16/2011 Mrs. Sobetzer stated during the school board meeting that “taxpayers would have to pay for legal fees regarding this issue, rather than spending their money on education”.
On 5/9/12 I sent a letter to the school board stating:
“Please be advised that having obtained legal counsel, we believe our deeded Right of Way grants us the right to make necessary improvements to our Right of Way. In order to establish year-round accessibility to our property for its designated use, including emergency vehicle accessibility, we will be constructing a 12-foot wide gravel travel way along with necessary drainage features at the existing location of our Right of Way. This work will commence after June 30, 2012.”
The board’s concern about spending taxpayer’s money for legal fees disappeared when on June 12, 2012 Mr. Thibodeau made a motion to file an injunction in Superior Court against the Saads to prevent us from improving our Right of Way. All school board members were in favor of the motion.
So over the last 2 years the school boards actions have resulted in the taxpayers spending over $ 22,289 to keep us from improving our right of way.
The money would have been better spent on education!