Find out the latest in eminent domain news stories for October 2022:
Central Texas landowners want answers from Texas Central about future of train route
Ninety-three property owners across nine Texas counties say they want answers about the future of the proposed high-speed train from Houston to Dallas. In a letter to Texas Central, attorneys say residents and landowners have suffered long enough and should be allowed to move on with their lives if the project is no longer going to happen.
Lawyers for the landowners say with no clear leadership in place at Texas Central, combined with what they call a “hibernation phase in search of financing” leads them to believe Texas Central is no longer pursuing construction of the project.
Pecos landowner furious after city adds pipeline on his property without permission
Richard Hayes says the City of Pecos illegally built a water line through his property, a closed-down Western Lodge Motel near 3rd and Ross. According to Hayes, he refused the city’s request in 2019, but they completed the project anyway.
Hayes has filed a lawsuit demanding the city take out the line and pay him damages, which will help fix his torn-up blacktop dumped all over neighboring land. Pecos City Manager Charles Lino confirmed that a lawsuit had been filed against the city and that it is trying to determine how it happened, adding that Pecos hopes to find an amicable resolution.
Initial step for eminent domain for four properties approved by Georgetown council members
Source: Community Impact Newspaper
The Georgetown City Council has approved a right-of-way acquisition pertaining to four residential land parcels as a result of Phase 1 of the D.B. Wood Road project. Assistant City Attorney Jim Kachelmeyer said if the respective property owners are unwilling to donate the necessary right-of-way and the parties are unable to reach an agreement on any potential acquisition, the city will be required to exercise its right of eminent domain to acquire the right-of-way needed.