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Henniker property owner moves toward settlement with town

A Henniker woman who sued her town for allegedly cutting an illegal road through her land could settle with town officials instead of going to trial.

Lorin Mulligan claims Cogswell Springs Waterworks, the town-owned water department, put a gravel road through her 22 acres to access a 350,000-gallon town water storage tank on a neighboring property. The water department says property deeds and Mulligan herself have given the town permission to access that tank by way of her land.

Mulligan filed the lawsuit last year, and the case was scheduled for trial in November. But court documents show the two parties have entered settlement negotiations, and a judge in Merrimack County Superior Court has pushed that trial to July to allow those negotiations to continue.

In an email, Mulligan’s lawyer Mark Hodgdon said both sides have been working together to “try to craft a fair resolution.”

“We have not reached a final agreement at this point, but positive discussions have taken place,” Hodgdon said.

Attorney Andrew Schulman, who is representing the town, agreed with Hodgdon’s statement but said he had no further comment on the case.

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