Dunnstable to appeal after Woodward wins line dispute

Not over yet

LOCK HAVEN — A boundary line dispute that has spanned almost a decade between two township isn’t over yet it seems.

Woodward and Dunnstable townships, who have been locked in a legal battle regarding the municipalities boundary, received notice from a court appointed review board that two of its three members believed Woodward had the correct boundary line.

Dunnstable still disagrees.

“We are not happy and we plan to appeal it to a higher court system,” Corey Lucas, Dunnstable Township supervisor, said.

Lucas said the township has 40 days as of last Friday when they received the notice to appeal the ruling.

“Just from what we have been talking to our solicitor (Lee Roberts) he advised us to appeal,” he said. “We are almost 100 percent sure we will appeal.”

Dunnstable’s supervisors plan to discuss the possible appeal further during their next meeting on March 2.

The dispute has been ongoing since 2011, the result of the county Geographic Information System (GIS) department’s updated map in 2009. The update showed a boundary different from what the townships were using.

Woodward believed the boundary caused 517 acres of the township’s land to be transferred to Dunnstable.

Through a surveyor, the township determined the line spanned 1,100 feet from the Susquehanna River up Guardlock Drive and Cider Press Road.

Dunnstable believed there was a 285 acre difference of land. A surveyor described their boundary line as beginning at the river on Great Island and leading to a monument on Fargus Island Road. The line then traveled to another monument on Route 664 at Swissdale toward German Road.

For years the two townships attempted to settle the dispute through discussion but couldn’t come to an agreeable conclusion.

In 2017 the issue was finally taken to county court. Senior Judge John Leete of Potter County was appointed to the case.

Another year later and continued disagreements lead to a court case in October 2018.

“We presented our case and explained and showed how we found the points and Dunnstable did the same,” Woodward Township Chairman Kyle Coleman said. “The board of review reviewed all the documents and they found that there was no evidence to indicate that the stone markers the Dunnstable surveyor found had substance.”

Coleman said that after years of dispute and cost on the township, he’s happy with the conclusion of the case.

“It’s unfortunate the money that had to be spent but the result for Woodward Township there’s a little bit of justification for all the work that was put into it,” he said.