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June 17, 2014

Stillwater City Council authorizes condemnation for road project rights of way

Construction to begin on Highway 177 and 51 intersection next summer

STILLWATER, Okla. — The city of Stillwater is in the process of buying rights of way and easements for a major road project at the intersection of U.S. Highway 177 and State Highway 51 and the City Council has passed a resolution designed to make it easier.

City Manager Dan Galloway said the resolution of necessity passed Monday evening authorizes the city attorney to start condemnation proceedings, also known as eminent domain proceedings, if the city can’t make a deal with property owners.

“This tells all the landowners we have a very inflexible schedule,” he said.

The city is responsible for design work on the intersection project, for buying rights of way and easements and for moving utility lines.

The Oklahoma Department of Transportation handles the construction.

Galloway said the city needs all the agreements by August because it has to move the utilities before construction can start next summer.

He doesn’t want it become necessary to condemn the property but improving the intersection is a very important project, he said.

“We have every intention and willingness to pay fair market value plus,” he said. “We have appraised values before we start negotiating. Of course, the owner can look around and say ‘I think it’s worth this much’.”

 

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