Counties, Land Office end roads disputeJanuary 18th, 2013 at 11:51 am by Bill Diven under Community Affairs
A long-standing conflict over county roads crossing state lands has been resolved with agreements recently sign by two counties and the State Land Office.
Each memorandum of understanding grants rights-of-way for specific roads to cross state lands held in trust by the Land Office in Dona Ana and Rio Arriba counties.
The counties will continue to maintain the roads but now under a documented right-of-way as required by regulations, according to the Land Office.
Land Commissioner Ray Powell and county commission chairmen Wayne Hancock of Doña Ana County and Barney Trujillo of Rio Arriba County signed the agreements during a ceremony in Santa Fe on Thursday.
Representatives of the New Mexico Association of Counties, which helped to broker the deals, also attended.
The agreements also establish a “cooperative working relationship” to identify county roads in the state that cross trust lands but lack rights-of-way.
The 13 million acres of trust lands are used to generate income to support public schools and universities and other beneficiaries.
The roads specified in the agreements are:
Doña Ana County:
- A01, A03, A05, A11, A13, A14, A17, A18, A19, A20, A87, A89
- B02, B03, B04, B05, B06, B07, B08, B19, B59
- C01, C01A, C02, C03, C04, C06, C07, C08, C09, C77
- D01, D03, D04, D05, D06, D07, D08, D10, D10A, D11, D12, D64, D66, D69, D71, D87, D99
- E01, E02, E03, E04, E05, E05B, E05D, E06, E54, E54A, E16, E67, E68, E69, E70, E72, E072, E73, E74, E75, E76, E78, E95
Rio Arriba County:
- 69, 177, 178, 180, 211. 217, 218, 303, 352, 378, 379, 402, 449