Cache County delays decision on eminent domain

Once again members of the Cache County Council agreed to postpone eminent domain proceedings involving owners of property deemed necessary for an access road to a new landfill.

The negotiations have been going on for more than a year without success. But that the Cache County Council has decided that eminent domain will be necessary in order for the county to obtain the right-of-way agreements they say are necessary for safety and maintenance.

The vote was five to two on Tuesday to set November 14 as the deadline date to decide on using eminent domain. Chairwoman Kathy Robison and councilmember David Erickson voted against postponing action. 

County Executive Craig Buttars said he met with the property owners earlier this week but there was no progress in negotiations on the road leading to the future North Valley Landfill near Clarkston.

“We will still continue negotiating with all the individuals,” Buttars said, “but we may have to still set a certain deadline past the negotiation if we pass the resolution stating that if by this date, this is a drop dead date, which if negotiations haven’t been completed or haven’t been successful to that point then the action will need to be filed in court to occupy the lands.”

At Tuesday’s meeting one property owner, Clair Christiansen, said although the price was a major issue it was not the only problem in the failure to come to an agreement.

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