Neighboring businesses in dispute over junk piled in easement

By John Suayan, Galveston Bureau | Apr 14, 2011

GALVESTON – Two Dickinson business owners are at odds over an easement at their strip center.

Jessie Gomez, doing business as Jessie's Auto and Paint, claims Latchman Ramoutar, doing business as Big Boys Tires and Wheels Connections, committed actions which interfere and trespass on his right of the easement in question, a lawsuit filed March 28 in Galveston County Court at Law No. 1 states.

The original petition shows both parties are entitled to the easement out of the back of their shops from the rear entry doors across the back of the lot to the street behind the shopping center.

According to Gomez, Ramoutar charges his customers for appropriate disposal of their old, used and discarded tires, but the objects are improperly stewn across the back of the lot.

"The tires are not being properly disposed of in the slightest," the suit says.

It adds Gomez is kept from using the rear access doors of his shop because of the alleged mess.

"There is absolutely no way to transport goods, materials and supplies from the street behind the strip center to the rear doors of his shop because of all the tires, tractors and demolished cars and other items of rubbish that has been discarded upon the easement in such a manner as to make it impossible to use," the suit says.

Gomez insists he has a written lease with the owner of the property which grants him the right of possession and usage of the land and buildings on the land along with an easement across the back of the lot to access the rear doors of his shop. He also mentions having to address the issue with Ramoutar to no avail.

"The plaintiff has suffered damage to his business," the suit says.

Consequently, he sues for lost wages and $3,000 in property damages.

Attorney Ryan A. Beason of League City is representing Gomez, and Galveston County Court at Law No. 1 Judge John Grady is presiding over the case.

Cause No. 64,976

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