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July 22, 2013

Council to continue talks on utility easement

GREENVILLE — The Greenville City Council is expected Tuesday to continue discussions regarding condemnation proceedings on a utility easement, needed in order to install a water line at the western edge of the city.

The Council is scheduled to consult with City Attorney Daniel Ray in executive session about the issue, as part of Tuesday’s regular agenda starting at 6 p.m. in the Municipal Building, 2821 Washington Street. A work session is set to begin at 5 p.m. Tuesday.

The Council also convened in executive session June 25, with one of the items to be considered being potential condemnation proceedings for a 30-foot utility easement on approximately .151 acres on the south side of the Interstate 30 service road between Monty Stratton Parkway and State Highway 34.

The Council later returned to regular session and voted unanimously to exercise eminent domain authority pertaining to the property in question.

Under eminent domain, a government entity exercises legal authority to require a private landowner to sell his or her property for public use, through condemnation proceedings. The governmental entity is required to pay the landowner just compensation.

The name of the owner of the property targeted by the city has not been revealed.

Interim City Manager/Director of Public Works Massoud Ebrahim said the process was being utilized in order for the city to install a 12-inch water main in order to serve the area roughly bounded by Monty Stratton Parkway, Coyote Crossing and FM 1570, based on a comprehensive water distribution study completed as part of the 2008 update of the City of Greenville Master Plan.

Britain Chevrolet recently broke ground on the upcoming Britain Chevrolet Cadillac dealership, which is to be built at the intersection of the Interstate 30 eastbound service road and Monty Stratton Parkway. The company intends to build a 17,000 foot, $3.5 million facility on about seven acres at the site. The project is expected to be completed by late this year or early 2014.

Should the Council take any action concerning the executive session item it would return to open session to do so.

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