Beech Bend Entrance Being Disputed

By: Ryan Dearbone Email
By: Ryan Dearbone Email

Just days before Beech Bend is expected to begin its racing season, the park is hit with yet another lawsuit.

Property owner Matt Baker is suing both Beech Bend Raceway Park owner Dallas Jones and Warren County over the double-laned road that leads to the park. To view Baker's complaint click here.

Baker said the road belongs to Beech Bend and not the county, so the county shouldn't be allowed to continue with the road's current expansion.

When Dallas Jones purchased the land from the then-owner David Garvin back in 1984, the property was dedicated to the city so Jones would be able to use the roadway leading up to the race tracks. Jones also said that for the past 23 years the county has solely maintained the double-laned road. However Baker sees the situation differently.

"In that deed, he states that those double-lanes are his private property," Baker said.

To view the deed click here.

Matt Baker also said that since Jones deeded the nearly 32 feet of road to himself through Beech Bend Park Incorporated back in 1988, the county can't be the owners of the land. Baker claims without ownership, the county doesn't have the right to even try to expand the double-lanes, which would encroach on his property.

"Any widening of the lane coming out of the park would require them to come over past the 31 1/2 foot strip of land, Mr. Jones deeded to himself in 1988," Baker said.

"If the county thinks its a county road and they want to work on the road, Jones doesn't have the right to tell them where to spend their money or what to do," says Jones.

WBKO spoke to Warren County Judge-Executive Mike Buchanon and the property's former owner David Garvin who both say the road is officially a county road because of the dedication.

Baker said if there was a dedication to the county he's still waiting to see any proof of it and that's why he's putting it in the hands of the court.

"I think that any road ordinance the county may have enacted in the past is going to be void because it was not properly published or posted," Baker said.

Jones said despite the latest lawsuit the park will continue with its planned race schedule this summer.

The park will hold its first major race of the year this weekend.


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