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Town settles Cortez pre-annexation agreement case after 13 years
Review/Salina SialegaTown road crews continue work on extending Road 4 South to the east, as part of the Highway 89 widening project.
Review/Salina Sialega
Town road crews continue work on extending Road 4 South to the east, as part of the Highway 89 widening project.
Salina Sialega
Chino Valley Review

In a quick vote with no discussion after an executive session Feb. 25, Chino Valley Town Council members unanimously voted to settle a 13-year court case involving an unfulfilled pre-annexation agreement.

Cortez Enterprise, Inc., which owns 400 acres on the east side of town at Road 4 South, filed the original complaint against the Town on Dec. 26, 2006 after the Town failed to build a road to the property, a promise in exchange for the property owners agreeing to annexation by the Town.

The Town wasn't able to obtain needed rights of way from other property owners to build the road.

Thirteen years of extensions and other court action kept the case open and before Town attorneys and many council members serving during those years.

The current council has been in many executive sessions in recent months to discuss the case.

Mayor Chris Marley said after the Feb. 25 council meeting that town officials could not comment on the details of the settlement until after Cortez also signed it and attorneys filed the document with the court. Yavapai County Superior Court in Prescott has heard the case.

In addition, Marley said he will announce case details during Call to the Public portion at the next council meeting on March 11, in response to a citizen request for the information.

The Town currently is extending Road 4 South as part of the Highway 89 widening project and to provide an eastside access for subdivisions to the north of the Cortez property, according to Town Manager Robert Smith.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Sunday, March 30, 2014
Article comment by: john williams

Does anyone know if the extension of Rd 4 south is to be a "no outlet" route? or is it to be connected at the Peavine which will be paved north to Perkinsville road?

(I spoke to one of the crew there last week and that's the impression I got from him...its the paving of the Peavine trail part surprised me...surely I must have misinterpreted him?)

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