My question involves an easement in the state of:Minnesota
I live at the end of a long Township road with only one access. My neighbor and I share an access easement 30' on either side of our adjoining property (totaling 60'). The Deed to the property states the 'Grantor', in this case the Township, has access to the easement. The initial intent of the easement was to provide a seconday vehicular road in case of emergencies for fire/ambulance service. Currently, there is no road, and the property sits partially wooded, and I have grown grass on my side.
Ever since I moved in in 2009 the nieghbors have been cutting through my property. After initial attempts to ask the neighbors to not enter my property, I said enough with the overflow of traffic and blocked the trail. After continued use and ignoring my requests, I posted "No Trespassing" signs. The other neighbors petitioned the Town Board to build a public walking/biking/fourwheeling trail through the easement.
Does the Township have the right to allow the general public access to my private property and use the easement? The Deed specifically states access is granted for the Township, no where does it say the general public.
Am I liable to personal injury lawsuit if the trail if built and a neighbor breaks an ankle? Since the trail is legally my private property?
Any comments would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!