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.