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County to seize property

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BY LINDELL JOHN KAY
Staff Writer

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

NASHVILLE — The Nash County Board of Commissioners may resort to using eminent domain in building its water system in Red Oak.

The board voted after a closed session discussion Monday to condemn a piece of property so it can lay down a main water line along Old Carriage Road.

The tract — needed for use as a 10-foot water line easement — is part of property owned by the heirs to the estate of Lucinda Ricks.

"I hate eminent domain," county board Chairman Robbie Davis told the Telegram on Tuesday after the announcement was made.

Davis said engineers are looking at redesigning the lines, but they're in a corner so to speak because the main water line can't be too close to the main sewer line.

The county also is trying to locate all the legitimate heirs to the property, but no deed can be found with a living heir, Davis said.

If the property can't be obtained via negotiation, then condemnation will be sought, according to the Monday resolution signed by Davis.

The move is part of a 2015 decision by the board to build a countywide water system.

The county purchased the Dortches water system and began building a water system to Red Oak in addition to the already operational central Nash system, which covers unincorporated areas south of Nashville to Middlesex.

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