The property in question, which is owned by the Billie Klepzig Revocable Trust, is located along the south end of 500 West. According to a memo from Moab City Attorney Christopher McAnany, the city was planning improvements to 500 West when city officials learned that a property owner disputed the city’s ownership of the roadway.
“The City brought suit to quiet the title to the road, arguing that the area had been dedicated to public roadway use for many decades,” the memo read. “The Court granted the City’s motion, ruling that the area historically used, including the paved area and shoulders, was a public right-of-way vested in the city.”
After it was determined that the city would potentially need additional right-of-way in order to follow through with the planned improvements, the city negotiated a settlement with the property owner.
“This essentially puts to rest everything, and makes sure that the city has all the proper easements associated with the road at no cost to the City,” Moab City Manager Donna Metzler said during a recent Moab City Council meeting.
The agreement specifies that the city will only use the area between the existing fences. The city also agreed to some minor design changes, such as relocating the planned bike path and the installation of a new irrigation culvert.
Property owner Ray Klepzig declined to comment for this story.