Dispute over city and homeowner’s land in Grants Pass

Grants Pass, Ore., –“We’ve always used this entrance.”

Alan and Jan Masters have owned their property in Grants Pass since the eighties, and have used the back entrance to their home for the last eighteen years.

But now the City of Grants Pass is building a fence there, and says it’s their property.

“In essence what they’re doing is keeping us from getting on our property from their road.”

The dispute over this land began when the Masters recently tried to add a fence to their property.

“I wanted to put a little retaining wall across the front part, and build a nice fence, just to beautify the property, and when we dug the ditch they came in and said hey you trespassed.”

Grants Pass City Attorney Mark Bartholomew says that’s true.

The Masters – quote “trespassed by cutting multiple driveways from their property onto the city property.” – end quote.

And Bartholomew says the Masters work wasn’t culverted, so the ditch flooded, damaging the city’s accessway.

The Masters dispute this, and claim the city is trying to get them to pay for the fence.

It doesn’t sound like that’ll happen anytime soon.

“They wanted us to put 80 thousand dollars in a bank account and it’s like who’s got 80 thousand bucks!”

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