Springfield utility's eminent domain lawsuit heads to court

Saturday, June 26, 2010 | 3:47 p.m. CDT

SPRINGFIELD — City Utilities of Springfield is suing some landowners over a settlement offer the company made to gain access to their land.

The landowners have refused the offer, saying it isn't fair compensation. Christian County Circuit Court Judge Mark Orr is scheduled to hear the case Aug. 6.

The Springfield News Leader reports that the utility company wants easements on property owned by Robert and Dorothy Neal, Charles and Sara Parrish and Commerce Bank, which holds a deed to the Parrish property.

CU says it needs to fix a major gas delivery line that has become exposed. CU offered Neal and Parrish $1,800 and $1,500, respectively, but the offer was turned down.

The judge is expected to issue a ruling after hearing from other Christian County residents as to what fair compensation would be.

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