LONG BEACH - The dispute over the final parcels of Seaview land that the Discovery Trail will meander through may finally have been resolved, clearing the way for trail construction.
On Wednesday, March 23, after a three-day trial in Pacific County Superior Court, the jury returned a verdict awarding property owners Ronald and Trudy McArthur $27,500 as just compensation in exchange for the use of the easement on their property.
The trail was originally slated for completion before the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial events this past winter. However, 20 Seaview property owners strongly objected to the trail and the city of Long Beach's handling of the matter. As a result, trail construction was continually delayed while the matter was worked out in court.
Other property owners eventually relented, either with or without compensation, leaving the McArthurs to reach a resolution in court.
According to Steve Turner, attorney with the law firm Miller Nash LLP which represented the McArthurs, they are pleased with the outcome. In addition to the settlement amount, the city will also have to pay attorney fees before trail construction can begin. Final details of the settlement are still being worked out.
Long Beach Mayor Ken Ramsey said he believes at this point that the city does not plan to appeal the decision.
A complete story on the settlement will appear as soon as the final details are formalized.