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  • April 5, 1914

  • As a result of threatened injunction proceedings, damage suits and perpetual controversy over the Pacific highway right of way either side of Ashland, the county court Saturday unanimously decided not to improve these stretches of road, but to stop the grading and pavement before the disputed sections are reached and, unless ...
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  • As a result of threatened injunction proceedings, damage suits and perpetual controversy over the Pacific highway right of way either side of Ashland, the county court Saturday unanimously decided not to improve these stretches of road, but to stop the grading and pavement before the disputed sections are reached and, unless the city of Ashland straightens out the matter, use the money in the other parts of the county, there not being sufficient funds to waste in condemnation suits or legal controversy. The same rule will probably be adopted for any stretch of road in dispute.
    "We have no money to spend fighting for what should be donated. We cannot afford to expend funds forcing improvements upon people that benefit them and enhance the value of their property. The state highway engineer selects the Pacific highway route, subject to the approval of the county court. If the approved route means a lawsuit or a hold-up, we simply will use this money on the other portions of the road," is the court's statement.
    This decision followed the protest of a delegation of Ashland people over the proposed road through the Billings property, eliminating the railroad grade crossing and the steep hill this side of Ashland, which has been viewed and approved by the court.
    Mr. Billings stated that he would demand four bonds of the county court as follows: To prevent damage from the retaining wall; to insure a continued flow of water from his spring; to prevent damage from flood water and siphon it away; to provide a way for him to get out with his hay and for his son to get in and out of the Myers tract. Then if these four bonds were satisfactorily provided, and $4,000 in gold laid on the table, he would still refuse it.
    As a result the improvement of the highway will stop at Bear Creek, north of the Billings place.
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