The countdown displaying how many unresolved Huron River Greenway cases exist just dropped to one.
And when the ticker eventually strikes zero, embroiled Erie MetroParks officials and jaded River Road residents will celebrate a 21-year land dispute ending.
MetroParks commissioners recently discovered lawyers representing Jerry Nottke can’t sue them after he claimed past officials slandered and trespassed onto his land to build the greenway.
Beginning in 1992, officials aggressively charged forward in pursuing a 6-mile corridor stretching from Huron to Milan along the Huron River.
The public pathway, eventually called the greenway debuting about a decade later, spanned through the backyards and private property of about 50 residents on River Road.
Property owners protested from the corridor’s inception, but their cries were ignored.