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Seven Springs faces possible closure of over 70% of skiable terrain.

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Neals Run Road is a public road in Saltlick Township that is closed in the winter. Neals Run Road bisects most of the main trails on the North Face of the resort including trails to the Gunner high speed six. A couple who own a second home at the end of that road are taking legal action to keep the road open year round. They are asking for an immediate injunction to keep the road open this winter. If granted this would  prohibit Seven Springs from making snow over Neals Run Road effectively closing the resort for this season. Article here:

 

Seven Springs Fights Lawsuit...

post #2 of 14
I feel like some kind of usage easement due to time may have been created because it's gone on so long? Not a lawyer, but feel like I read that in BLaw 101 forty years ago. LOL!
post #3 of 14

This point may be the crux of the matter.  The owner of the house was a Seven Springs season pass holder before he built the house, so knew the road in question was closed in the winter.  Not just a homeowner, also owns other empty lots along that road.  Merinar is the attorney for 7Springs.

 

"Merinar contends the Hudocks filed the lawsuit when the resort ended talks over granting a right of way for the Merinars to build another road to access their home. The talks stopped because the resort feared it would impact future development of nearby properties and encroached on land owned by the state and the Seven Springs Municipal Authority, according to Merinar."

Read more: http://triblive.com/news/fayette/9432374-74/road-resort-seven#ixzz3rVcAkoar 

post #4 of 14

Thanks for the info LHC.

 

Sounds to me like a game of high stakes poker gone bad. Another reason to hate lawyers, as if we needed any more. And azzhole millionaires and azzhole ski owners. All in Yinzer land. (I'm not feeling much love for any of this.)

 

Remember that the plaintiffs (the homeowners) stand to lose a lot of the value of their property if 7 Springs closes/has severe financial difficulties. Plus, they own seven additional lots. Negotiating ploy; if it doesn't blow up.

post #5 of 14
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This will all go away if the injunction is not granted. The homeowners knew the road was closed during the winter when they built their home. Funny how they claim that the closure only benefits a private entity ignoring the tens of thousands of snowsport enthusiasts who ski there and the fact that it is only their house and the homeowners that will benefit from the road being open. It all smells like a lawsuit designed to get an out of court settlement. I'm with JohnL here, a negotiating ploy but you never know ow the court may rule.

post #6 of 14
People have a way of seeing things only from their own selfish perspective, but these folks are likely looking to pick up a little extra cash. Hopefully a court will see this as the BS it is and send them on their way.
post #7 of 14

The Hudocks probably thought....  I'll be so close to the slopes, $$$

 

https://goo.gl/maps/NUHVXyqafNx

 

I take it, that the locals know the detour?

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Originally Posted by tanscrazydaisy View Post
 

The Hudocks probably thought....  I'll be so close to the slopes, $$$

 

https://goo.gl/maps/NUHVXyqafNx

 

I take it, that the locals know the detour?


Wonder what the folks who run the Fin & Feather Lodge think of all legal wrangling?  Presumably they have winter guests who manage to get to that place.  Looks like there is also a church near there.  Bet they don't close during the ski season either.

 

The road that is closed during the winter has another outlet, so it's possible to get to all the properties along that road without taking the windy small road (unpaved?).

 

Makes me think of the fight that's going on around Elk between the owner of Elk and the neighboring homeowners association that shares ownership of the lake used for snowmaking.  Wish more owner/community relationships could be more like what's been happening in Plymouth, NH with the new owner re-opening Tenney.

post #9 of 14

The injunction against Seven Springs was denied in court. They can make snow! Now it just needs to get cold.

 

http://triblive.com/news/fayette/9498606-74/road-resort-seven#axzz3sWAwktlA

post #10 of 14
And here it is:
"The road traditionally is closed from Nov. 15 to April 1 to accommodate the resort, according to legal briefs filed with the lawsuit. In exchange, the resort pays fees to the township, which totaled $497,248 when the suit was filed."

Let's see, does the county want to spend money plowing the road all winter for one couple? Or make money? Hmmm. Tough choice.
post #11 of 14
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Couple accuses the township of catering to a private interest instead of serving the public need by closing the road. They are a public of two vs. the  hundreds of employees and thousands of skiers. I wonder how all the business owner along Route 31 feels about this.

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Couple accuses the township of catering to a private interest instead of serving the public need by closing the road. They are a public of two vs. the  hundreds of employees and thousands of skiers. I wonder how all the business owner along Route 31 feels about this.

 

Not only that but as @sibhusky mentioned above that $500,000 would have to come from the public instead of 7S as well. 

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The injunction was denied... Seven Springs can make snow! Now it just needs to get cold.

 

 

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Not only that but as @sibhusky mentioned above that $500,000 would have to come from the public instead of 7S as well. 

 

And since we're talking about a very small town, that's a really large amount of money, too.

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The injunction was denied... Seven Springs can make snow! Now it just needs to get cold.

 

 

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Originally Posted by tylrwnzl View Post
 

 

Not only that but as @sibhusky mentioned above that $500,000 would have to come from the public instead of 7S as well. 

 

And since we're talking about a very small town, that's a really large amount of money, too.

 

Even in fairly large city (for the area) like say Altoona that would be like $10 a person. 

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