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Mabee Road
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Mabee Road Update

After extensive research we finally got the Mabee Road report in the mail to the Fergus County Commissioners and Fergus County Attorney. There are several people to thank for their efforts in completing this project. First, Billings attorney Todd Gunderson. He has put extraordinary effort into getting the report together, along with all the exhibits, and writing the letter to Fergus County officials, to Tonya, Todds secretary, for putting 10 copies together in 3-ring binders for easy reading, and Mike Chapman for his help in obtaining affidavits from people who have used this road over the years. We also need to thank Barney Hallin for help in acquiring the aerial photos and Neal Grey of Selbys for overlaying the section lines and section corners and the original 1913 road survey to the photo.

We believe we have a presented a very strong case to prove Mabee Road is and always has been a public road. Does this submittal guarantee that we have won the case? Absolutely not. The commissioners can still either rule in favor of the public or for the landowner. If either the landowner or PLWA sue over the decision, then it will be left up to the courts to decide. This is a high priority case for us. We will keep you informed of developments.

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