CHESTER, Vt. – The Chester Town Selectboard is trying to secure a deed for the historic Yosemite Firehouse building before deciding what to do with it.
At a special meeting of the Chester Selectboard held recently, little new information was available on the status of the Yosemite Firehouse.
Because title to the property is ambiguous, the town chose to go through the lengthy process of securing quiet title before taking over the building.
An action to quiet title is a lawsuit brought in a court having jurisdiction over property disputes, in order to establish a title to real property, to “quiet” any challenges or claims to the title.
Chester Town Manager David Pisha said that town attorney Jim Carroll is currently performing “due diligence to ensure that all loose ends are tied up” in the quiet title matter.
This effort will result in ownership of a building that can be insured, receive grant funding, and possess an unclouded title, Pisha said.
There have been no decisions regarding future uses for the Firehouse, however, according to Pisha, an architect’s review for renovation has been obtained and is being considered as an option for the building.
Part of the action to quiet-title includes notification to any heirs of the property, in this case the Richardson family, but to date only one has been found. The search for heirs will continue, and the town is still waiting for a final ruling on ownership of the property.
Carroll believes that a judge may declare the Richardson family no longer has an interest in the property, giving the town clear title to the site.
The Chester Historical Society has plans to renovate the circa 1878 building on Route 103 into a fire museum.