Glade Park land swaps mutually beneficial

Mesa County recently pulled off a multiparty land trade in Glade Park, with minimal expense, that will create expansion room for the Glade Park Fire Department, Glade Park Community Services and the Mesa County Road and Bridge Department. It also carved out a little elbow room for a new U.S. Postal Service kiosk.

Mesa County purchased the property, and all of the benefiting agencies will reimburse the county for their respective acreage.

“At a net cost of $13,000 (to the county), well, that’s remarkable,” Commissioner Steve Acquafresca said when told this week of the land exchanges.

The trades and sale of land could have become ugly sticking points in this small community of about 400 households, where the average lot size is 35 to 40 acres. Instead, everyone cooperated for the good of the whole and managed to protect their self interests.

Property owner Ed Schrader had the septic system, half the parking lot, the drinking water well and the old horse arena for Glade Park Community Services on his property. There were several other confused property lines in the area along 16 1/2 Road as well. The county was able to pull all parties together and have them agree to minor property-line adjustments and right-of-way easements that preserved the size of everyone’s properties, but redrew the lines in order to make everyone happy.

“I think that land will be worth a lot someday, but you have to balance that with, really, how selfish are ya? And how selfish do you want to be?” Schrader said.

Community Services started looking to expand about four years ago and launched a fundraising effort, which netted $46,000, to purchase nine acres.

“The community all chipped in,” said Lynn Grose, president of Glade Park Community Services. “It was just amazing in these economic times that we were able to raise that kind of money.”

Community Services still has a Postal Service trailer, which Grose said is so small two people barely have enough room to turn around inside, in its parking lot.


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