County, landowners cannot reach agreement on bridge project

by Associated Press

Published: December 4,2013

Tags: bridge, Carroll County, eminent domain, infrastructure, Kevin Horan, land, property, Sugar Mullins, transportation, travel

VAIDEN — Carroll County has made agreements to buy land from eight of 10 landowners needed in a bridge project on a county road.

County Attorney Kevin Horan said the county may have to go to court to settle with the last two landowners.

The Greenwood Commonwealth reports that the two landowners tried to settle the issue with the board of supervisors this week but were unsuccessful.

Daryl and Tammy Barrett told supervisors they wanted to try to settle with them since the county is going to litigate the matter if an agreement cannot be reached.

After going into a closed session, the board failed to agree with the Barretts on an amount of money to be paid for their land.

Chancery Clerk Sugar Mullins said land involved in the project has already been taken through eminent domain proceedings, and the county can go ahead with the project. But the county may have to go to court to negotiate payments to landowners for the property in the last two cases.

Mullins said the other landowner who has not made an agreement with the county is Erwin Thomas.

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