Eminent domain steps taken by county on Route 50 sewer project

Resolutions allowing the use of eminent domain in the Route 50 sanitary sewer project were approved Tuesday by the Athens County Commissioners.

Frank Lavelle, the county’s attorney for the project, said he expects to file cases in Athens County Common Pleas Court by the end of the week.

The project will provide sanitary sewers to the housing subdivisions along Route 50W and to some other nearby areas that are currently served by septic tanks. It is considered an environmental project. The sewage would be treated by the city of Athens.

The resolutions approved Tuesday dealt with five properties from which easements are still needed, and five properties where land is needed for sewage lift stations, although some of those might also include easements. Lavelle said there might be a few additional cases later.

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