PDT Staff Writer
The Scioto County Commissioners passed a resolution Tuesday authorizing the “quick take” by eminent domain for an easement on the last parcel of property necessary to start construction on the Eden Park Sewer System.
The $2.5 million project will run along Ohio 139 and Munn’s Run northeast of New Boston and will serve 245 homes and businesses.
The easement is for 351 Hinkley Hollow Road, Portsmouth, which is owned by David Horner.
According to Scioto County Sanitary Engineer Joe DeLong, the easement runs through a portion of the front yard on Horners’ property.
According to an appraisal conducted by Sarah Veazey for the Sanitary Engineer, $700 is the fair market value of the property.
DeLong said if all goes according to plan, the project could be under construction in the next couple of months.
“There is a possibility we could go to bid next month on this project,” DeLong said. “After you go to bid you typically have to wait 30 days before bids are submitted. After the low bidder is determined. It take 30-60 days to obtain a contract with that contractor.”
Horner could not be reached for comment.
DeLong said someone from his offices has been in contact with Horner several times trying to reach a resolution.
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