ODOT steps down from legal battle with Dickson family

DICKSON, OK - A Dickson family said a 5-year-long battle with the Oklahoma Department of Transportation finally came to an end Thursday when the state agency caved.

Carl and Mary Cravens' have lived at their home along
State Highway 199 for twenty years, and when they learned the Oklahoma Department of Transportations plans to widen the stretch of highway that runs in front of their home, they agreed Dickson needed the improvement.

"My husband was on the city council so it was no surprise the highway was coming through," Mary Cravens said. "They sent a negotiating firm called out to make an offer to us and to sign a contract."

Cravens said ODOT offered them $21,000 for .69 acres of their land.

But she said after expressing concerns about some of the construction plans, she received this.

"ODOT responded with a letter saying they would be seizing our property and they would be taking us to court."

Craven's says after a long legal battle, a jury agreed the Cravens property was worth over $31,000, however ODOT didn't see it that way.

"ODOT then using more tax payer dollars, chose to appeal our case in an attempt to side step the jury's decision."

Thursday the family's 5-year-old nightmare finally came to a close.

A spokesperson at ODOT confirmed to First News the case has been dropped.

"The more we looked at it the only people that were gonna benefit from appealing that case to a higher court was gonna be the attorneys, we decided that we needed to end that," A spokesperson for ODOT said.

The Cravens' said they are happy receiving what has been deemed as a fair price for their property, but their is no dollar amount on time.

"This has been 5 years of the state versus Carl and Mary Cravens," Cravens said. "Stripping away our peace of daily living."

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  • by Comment Location: Dickson on Jul 28, 2012 at 08:11 PM
    A jury heard their case and having all the details they decided what was fair. Was it just land or were there other things like a fence, trees, cattleguard? Would you sell your front yard for less than value? If it would have been worth less, surely 12 reasonable people would have said no it's not worth that much. When people stand up for individual rights we all benefit.
  • by What a joke Location: buy my land! Please! on Jul 28, 2012 at 11:47 AM
    If someone offered me 21K for less than an acre of land in Dickson, Oklahoma I'd be all over that. Is that proper enough English or do we need to get a redneck translater in here for Emily Post the comments section grammer & spelling nazi?
  • by Zak Simpson Location: Ardmore, OK on Jul 28, 2012 at 12:43 AM
    Ok well for one..Greed you shouldn't make those kind of comments because you neer now if there family (me) will get on here and see this! It was not there fault that it was drug out over five years! Its ODOTS! ODOT should have taken the offer Mary and Carl gave then to take less time and waste less tax payers dollars! And plus I know they werent going to give up there property for that much! They now better than that! They are good people and deserve the real amount that there property is worth! And what did they do..they got it! So don't be mad and hating because you don't have enough courage to stand up and do something like this like they did! They did the right thing by standing up for themselves and there property! So..!
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      by Greed on Jul 28, 2012 at 10:37 PM in reply to Zak Simpson
      ODOT should have taken the offer Mary and Carl gave--says you!
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        by Anonymous on Jul 29, 2012 at 06:43 AM in reply to Greed
        So say's the spokesperson for ODOT according to the Ardmoreite. "We would have settled for the 31,000.00, in a NewYork minute". It sounds like the 3rd party hired did not tell ODOT the people wanted to meet or ODOT is lying. Either way, thank goodness for the jury system. They sort fact from fiction when the rest of us may not have all the details. They were judged in court and the jury decided what was fair.
  • by Greed on Jul 27, 2012 at 01:32 PM
    It's their fault! If they would have taken the 21 thousand thay wouldn not have cost the taxpayers a dime!
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      by Proper English on Jul 27, 2012 at 04:18 PM in reply to Greed
      Would you accept only 67% of what your property is worth? The Dickson family did not cost the taxpayer anything.ODOT is responsible first for not offering what the property has proven to be worth and secondly for dragging it out for five years. Kudos to the family for sticking it out. P.S. Lastly, learn to construct a proper sentence with appropriate punctuation and spelling or keep your thoughts to yourself.
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        by Greed on Jul 27, 2012 at 09:11 PM in reply to Proper English
        Wow! U sure skooled me!
  • by Jealousmuch on Jul 27, 2012 at 11:19 AM
    I would LOVE for the state to pay me money for .69 of my land! Bring it!
  • by Anonymous on Jul 27, 2012 at 06:43 AM
    Sounds like our federal government! You don't like the decision of the jurty or the will of the people? Then just do it anyway!
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      by Anonymous on Jul 27, 2012 at 10:52 AM in reply to
      Actually, this was Oklahoma government. I'm sure the overwhelmingly Republican state government is only looking out for the family's best interests when they offered them less money and spent no telling how much taxpayer dollars to sue them.
  • by $$$$$$$$ on Jul 26, 2012 at 09:33 PM
    Nightmares? "Stripping away our peace of daily living"? Seriously people?!?!?
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