County flood authority will take Plymouth land by eminent domain: Wilkes-Barre PA Citizens Voice, 2/5/07

By Michael P. Buffer

The Luzerne County [PA] Flood Protection Authority voted today to use eminent domain to acquire roughly 5,100 square feet of property in Plymouth with a levee built in 2003.

Walter Sims, owner of the property at 430-432 Beade St., installed plastic fencing last week to block the walkway along the levee. He has been protesting an ongoing dispute over compensation for his land used for the levee.

Eminent domain is a legal process that allows condemning private property for a public purpose in exchange for fair market compensation.

The county will make a compensation offer after getting a new appraisal of the property, and if the county and Sims still can't agree on compensation, a court-appointed board will decide the amount, Solicitor Jim Blaum said.

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