There's some disagreement over a piece of land
at Forest Hills Golf Course in La Crosse.
B-N-S-F railroad says they own
the area by the railroad tracks.
and want to add another track.
But the city believes the land belongs to them.
and they have concerns about the expansion.
News 8's Kyle Dimke has the details.
Wes Snyder has golfed at Forest Hills a lot.
I had a membership there this year.
I put in probably 70 rounds.
But Forest Hills might be changing.
The golf course has 2 holes that
go right over the BNSF railway tracks.
And BNSF now wants to expand .
and have two tracks through the course.
But the land the tracks would be on .
has no clear owner.
the la crosse county land records if
you go on land records shows that
it is the city's property including the railroad property
The City of La Crosse has
documents saying it owns the land.
And last week BNSF produced their own documents.
back in the 1880's 1890's when it was a
different railroad name and the property was privately owned
that they obtained ownership to some of that property.
And there are important reasons to find the true owner.
its important to establish whos property
it is because there are safety concerns
We've been having on going discussions with the
city regarding a number of issues, including the
property involved and the impact to the golf course.
We'll continue to work with the city
and local officials as the plans are finalized.
They went on to say that .
Adding the second main track does not
mean that traffic will double in La Crosse.
It gives us added capacity to more efficiently move the traffic we
currently have, which now must pass through La Crosse one train at
a time on single track, as well as any increased traffic in the future.
Whether the new line goes in or not .
If changes are made .
golfers like Snyder .
are going to miss quite a few rounds.
It would be a disappointment to the city and
to golfers, local golfers, cause its a great course.
The City of La Crosse is now reaching out to
title companies for prices on a titles and record search.
The search will hopefully produce conclusive
evidence as to who owns the land.