Thirteen landowners along Missouri’s Katy Trail have been awarded a total of $410,000 in a property rights dispute. That ruling could pave the way for another 285 property owners along the 225-mile trail to get awards. A lawyer for the landowners says lawyers will seek damage awards by the end of next year for the other Katy Trail landowners who have filed claims against the state. Those awards could total up to $10-Million. The awards will be paid by the federal government because the state moved forward with the land acquisition under the federal “Rails to Trails” program – a program allowing for abandoned rail lines to be turned into hiking and biking trails.
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