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Coolidge, AZ: (Oct-18-07) The Gila River Indian Community (GRIC) brought a lawsuit against the city of Coolidge, seeking to halt the paving of Signal Peak Road near the west side of Coolidge. Pulte Development Corporation, the land developers, had begun a paving project, believing that Coolidge had the right of way. Documents unearthed in 2005 stated that the tribe had granted right of way in 1933. The GRIC argued that the right of way was no longer serving its original purpose of farming access, and that the housing development traffic would cause air and land pollution, vehicle traffic and other negative impacts on the environment.

As part of a settlement reached, the parties agreed to waive all possible claims against Pinal County with respect to the validity or scope of the Signal Peak Right of Way. The agreement also stated that any residential developers must include a written warning to home buyers. Further, Pinal County is responsible for paying the GRIC $259,200, which is the amount that the Sandia developers are responsible for paying Pinal County. As part of the deal, the parties agreed to drop a lawsuit in federal court, as well as the case in the Community Court. [TRI VALLEY CENTRAL: PAVING RIGHTS]

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Published on Oct-19-07


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