After a public hearing on Oct. 31, Fremont County supervisors passed a resolution vacating a three-quarter mile portion of 250th Avenue northwest of Sidney that has been unusable for more than half a century.
The stretch of road in question runs north-south from county road 185 to Horse Creek Road (J-26).
The road has become a source of disagreement between landowners, involving property boundaries and access to land.
Those who live in the area attending the public hearing described the shifting contours of the road—sections that end abruptly in ditches or dirt banks, or which are only accessible on foot. Eyeing a satellite map on his laptop, supervisor Terry Graham  remarked, “It’s in the middle of nowhere.”
A dispute arose in part because area landowners did not realize the road was still a legal road until they received a letter from the county recently.
Several months ago, Trevor Whipple grew indignant when a contractor hired by his neighbor Henry Petersen parked his truck on what Whipple thought was his property. The area where the contractor parked is actually part of 250th Avenue.
Whipple, however, believing the road to have been long ago abandoned, erected a dirt terrace that blocked  access to Petersen's property.
The county removed the dirt, and Petersen put in a temporary driveway.
Before he started building on the property, Petersen had seen 250th Avenue on the GSI website. His concern was the road’s status as a legal road or not, which would affect his access to his property.  He had the property surveyed to ascertain that the boundary line is where the deed and abstract show it to be, namely, in the middle of the road.
To the question of how vacating the road would solve anything, the consensus of those at the hearing was that property boundaries could then be restaked and all parties could be assured of having proper access to their land.
A motion to vacate the portion of 250th Avenue in question passed unanimously.