Town considers eminent domain in pipeline conflict

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    Staff Writer

    After last month’s meeting of the Pagosa Springs Sanitation and General Improvement District, where board member David Schanzenbaker confronted Mayor Ross Aragon and admonished his fellow board members for vilifying someone who was not present to defend himself, Steve Graham finally had the opportunity this week to speak on his own behalf.

    However, his attempt to defend himself may have come too late, and apparently fell on deaf ears, because, in the end, the board elected to stop negotiating with Graham and instructed staff to begin preparing for a court battle. The board plans to ask a judge to condemn Graham’s property and establish eminent domain for the pipeline that will transfer sewage from the town’s current lagoon site to the Vista wastewater treatment facility owned by the Pagosa Area Water and Sanitation District.

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