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PRIVATE ROAD GREENE TOWNSHIP. WALTER KUHL v. HELEN MOREHOUSE (06/14/85)

filed: June 14, 1985.

IN RE PRIVATE ROAD IN GREENE TOWNSHIP. WALTER KUHL, APPELLEE,
v.
HELEN MOREHOUSE, APPELLANT



Appeal from the Order entered May 31, 1984 in the Court of Common Pleas of Erie County, No. 38-E-1982 Civil Division.

COUNSEL

George M. Schroeck, Jr., Erie, for appellant.

Edward J. Lucht, Erie, for appellee.

Del Sole, Hester and Feeney,*fn* JJ.

Author: Del Sole

[ 343 Pa. Super. Page 306]

In June, 1981, the Appellee, Walter Kuhl, purchased two tracts of land in Greene Township, Erie County. The tracts are non-contiguous, separated by a strip of land, 64 feet wide, owned by the Appellant, Helen Morehouse. The smaller of the Appellee's parcels fronts on a public highway but the larger of the two, on which the Appellee intends to construct an industrial landfill, is landlocked. When the Appellee began to operate his trucks over the strip of land owned by the Appellant in order to gain access to the highway, Mrs. Morehouse sought an injunction enjoining Mr. Kuhl from trespassing over her land. This injunction was granted. Mr. Kuhl then brought the present action seeking the grant of a private road over Mrs. Morehouse's land pursuant to 36 Pa.C.S.A. § 2731 et seq.

The statute in question provides:

§ 2731. Proceedings to open private roads

The several courts of quarter sessions shall, in open court as aforesaid, upon the petition of one or more persons, associations, partnerships, stock companies, or corporations, for a road from their respective lands or leaseholds to a highway or place of necessary public resort, or to any private way leading to a highway, or

[ 343 Pa. Super. Page 307]

    upon the petition of the chief executive officer of any executive or administrative department of the State Government for a road from any public highway across any lands of any person, association, or corporation to the boundary line of any lands owned, controlled, or administered by the Commonwealth, direct a view to be had of the place where such road is requested, and a report thereof to be made, in the same manner as is directed by the said act of thirteenth June, one thousand eight hundred and thirty six.

§ 2732. Proceedings on report of viewers

If it shall appear by the report of viewers to the court directing the view, that such road is necessary, the said court shall direct what breadth the road so reported shall be opened, and the proceedings in such cases shall be entered on record, as before directed, and ...


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