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Condemnation procedures to begin to obtain easements

DUBLIN — It’s been about five years since Pulaski County started obtaining easements to install sewer lines in the Highland Park subdivision.
However, the owners of seven properties in the development will not voluntarily sign to grant the county an easement to complete the project, according to County Administrator Pete Huber.
For that reason, the Pulaski County Board of Supervisors has given county officials the go-ahead to proceed with condemnation procedures in order to obtain the easements.
“I think the Board of Supervisors should do whatever is necessary to get those easements,” Highland Park resident Swanson Stout told the board last week. “This has been going on for five years, and the longer it goes, the more expensive (the project) is going to be.”
Even though a property owner may object, condemnation can be used by a government entity to obtain easement rights across a piece of property by eminent domain when the project for which the easement is needed is for the “public good.”
In this case, only the portion of property needed for the sewer line easement would be condemned.
“Sometimes the rights of an individual have to be weighed against the good of the many,” Huber told the supervisors during their recent monthly meeting.
He pointed out the seven properties in question are a “small percentage” of the properties from which easements were attained.
Stout said some residents of the development already have had to make repairs to their septic systems while waiting for the sewer project to move forward. Because of the age of some septic systems and difficulties getting some of the soils to “perk again,” he expressed concern that homes could become uninhabitable if the project doesn’t move forward soon.
“It’s for the health, safety and welfare of the citizens who live there,” Stout said of the project’s urgency.
Huber said the county would meet with the property owners in question one more time before taking the matter to court.
The subdivision is off Route 11, north of the Town of Dublin.

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Condemnation procedures to begin to obtain easements

DUBLIN — It’s been about five years since Pulaski County started obtaining easements to install sewer lines in the Highland Park subdivision.
However, the owners of seven properties in the development will not voluntarily sign to grant the county an easement to complete the project, according to County Administrator Pete Huber.
For that reason, the Pulaski County Board of Supervisors has given county officials the go-ahead to proceed with condemnation procedures in order to obtain the easements.
“I think the Board of Supervisors should do whatever is necessary to get those easements,” Highland Park resident Swanson Stout told the board last week. “This has been going on for five years, and the longer it goes, the more expensive (the project) is going to be.”
Even though a property owner may object, condemnation can be used by a government entity to obtain easement rights across a piece of property by eminent domain when the project for which the easement is needed is for the “public good.”
In this case, only the portion of property needed for the sewer line easement would be condemned.
“Sometimes the rights of an individual have to be weighed against the good of the many,” Huber told the supervisors during their recent monthly meeting.
He pointed out the seven properties in question are a “small percentage” of the properties from which easements were attained.
Stout said some residents of the development already have had to make repairs to their septic systems while waiting for the sewer project to move forward. Because of the age of some septic systems and difficulties getting some of the soils to “perk again,” he expressed concern that homes could become uninhabitable if the project doesn’t move forward soon.
“It’s for the health, safety and welfare of the citizens who live there,” Stout said of the project’s urgency.
Huber said the county would meet with the property owners in question one more time before taking the matter to court.
The subdivision is off Route 11, north of the Town of Dublin.

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