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Army Corp of En­gi­neers.

This is not the first time the county has moved to con­demn Denby’s land.

The res­o­lu­tion ap­proved by the BOC states that con­dem­na­tion ac­tion is be­ing pur­sued “ due to the ex­pe­di­tious na­ture of the ne­ces­sity to ac­quire such prop­erty.”

“ Just and ad­e­quate com­pen­sa­tion” are to be paid to the Den­bys for their land, ac­cord­ing to the res­o­lu­tion.

Denby said he had not been no­ti­fied by the county or its at­tor­ney’s that they were mov­ing to con­demn his land.

“ This is com­pletely new to me. The last time I talked to [ County Chair­man] Aaron Varner or [ County At­tor­ney] Tommy Craig was in March,” said Denby re­fer­ring to a pub­lic meet­ing on the reser­voir dur­ing which he was es­corted from the build­ing after he re­fused to give up the mi­cro­phone when he was not called on to speak by Craig dur­ing the Q& A ses­sion.

Denby ran twice un­suc­cess­fully for county chair­man, once in 2004 and once in 2008.

“ I’m a lit­tle up­set right now be­cause I hadn’t heard about this,” Denby said, ad­ding that he has been wait­ing for the county to take ac­tion for 12 years. “ They con- demned me back in 2002 and then they dropped that con­dem­na­tion back in 2006 and now this is 2008.”

At­tor­neys with Tommy Craig’s of­fice de­clined to com­ment on the res­o­lu­tion to con­demn Denby’s land, which was passed after a closed ex­ec­u­tive ses­sion at Tues­day night’s board meet­ing.

Denby threat­ened le­gal ac­tion of his own if the county con­demned his land.

“I feel that I’ve been deeply wronged by this and if nec­es­sary I will sue the county,” he said.

The BOC ap­proved a sec­ond res­o­lu­tion to con­demn two tiny sep­a­rate pieces of land needed for the reser- voir that to­gether to­tal one tenth of an acre. The land is needed for flood ease­ment and to ful­fill buf­fer re­quire­ments.

James Grif­fin, an at­tor­ney with Tommy Craig’s of­fice said the county de­cided to con­demn the land be­cause the es­tate that owns the land is split be­tween a large group of heirs who do not live in the area.

“ The hard part is get­ting the heirs to sell off their in­ter­est in the prop­erty when you can’t get a hold of [ them]. We’re con­demn­ing the prop­erty not be­cause it’s an ad­ver­sar­ial po­si­tion,” Grif­fin said, ad­ding that the value of the prop­erty is less than the fee of the sur­veyor.

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