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Union Bridge residents can mow alley property

The Union Bridge Town Council will let the residents who disputed the ownership of a South Main Street alley mow the land the town ruled was Union Bridge property.

During the April 26 council meeting, Town Attorney John T. Maguire II said the residents could continue, if they wanted, to maintain the area.

"It's not necessary that the town mow the land," said Mr. Maguire. "You have the right to keep it mowed for safety reasons, so people can walk through it."

Several months ago, a resident on one side of the alley complained that she was being harassed for using it. The Town Council voted March 1 to maintain the 12-foot-wide strip, between 17 and 21 S. Main St., as a public access way.

Mr. Maguire told the council that Russell Doehrer, who owns the property at 17 S. Main St., still denies that the land is public.

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