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Hartley trail project receives bad news

Property owner will not grant construction easement near Neebel Park

The future of a new recreation trail in Hartley is looking bleak.

The Hartley City Council on Monday learned that construction of a new leg of trail extending from Neebel Park would be nearly impossible. Engineer Wes Boyer, of Bolten & Menk, reported the owner of the property that abuts the proposed route will not grant a future construction easement, in turn severely jeopardizing the project's viability.

"That's not really on the table as an option," Boyer said of the easement. "That obviously makes the proposed trail route difficult or impossible."

Members of the Hartley Recreation Trail Com...

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