Oak Creek resident reaches property agreement with South Routt School District
Steamboat Springs — An Oak Creek man who learned earlier this summer that a portion of his driveway belonged to the South Routt School District will soon legally own the property.
The South Routt School District Board of Education unanimously voted 7-0 last week to sell a 0.07-acre parcel near Soroco High School to Max Huppert and Camilla Martell for $1,750.
“I think it’s great, and I’m happy they worked with me,” Huppert said after hearing the board’s decision.
While preparing to do excavation work on his driveway during the summer, Huppert learned from Oak Creek Town Administrator Mary Alice Page-Allen that a portion of the property he thought he owned actually belonged to the South Routt School District.
The 70-foot wide sliver of land is just outside Huppert’s front door on South Grant Avenue and adjacent to his 1,600-square-foot home on a 0.26-acre lot he and Martell own.
A formal survey of the land didn’t take place when Huppert purchased the property in 2008, and he assumed the district’s land was his due to the placement of an old fence line.
Huppert approached the district about the land in July, and neither school administrators nor school board members were aware that the district owned the property.
The town of Oak Creek helped resolve the situation by offering information about the value of the property, which was thought to be worth $0.50 to $1 per square foot, leading to the purchase price.
Huppert was grateful for the school board’s willingness to part with the property.
“Anything I can do for them, I’m happy to help them out,” Huppert said.
Huppert said he was also planning to purchase the adjacent property, another thin strip of land on the other side of the district’s property.
“I’m buying that one Saturday,” Huppert said late last week.
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