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County will go to court to get land

By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Dougherty County Commissioners use eminent domain to acquire property for the four-laning of Gillionville Road.

Property owners at 4605 Gillionville Road and 527 Divine Drive did not accept the county's offers for purchase of strips of roadfront property.

Now the county is taking those properties through eminent domain laws.

If the owners wish, they can now bring the county to court to determine how much they be paid for the land.

"This is something that you never want to do, but this is for the better good, and the widening of Gillionville Road is important to the community and to a lot of people, so consequently this is the process that has to be followed," said Jeff Sinyard, County Commission Chairman.

Both property owners were offered more than $20,000 each for the road frontage.

The county continues to work on acquiring the last two pieces of property for the Gillionville Road project.

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