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Public hearing set for airport eminent domain

Jul 24, 2013 6:47 am
Nathan Mayberg reports in the Register Star the Columbia County Board of Supervisors Government Committee has agreed to move forward with its plan to take a 16-acre parcel in the town of Ghent by eminent domain. The county intends to acquire property at the Meadowgreens Golf Course to create a new safety zone around the Columbia County Airport. The golf course ownership group was offered more than $600,000 for the purchase of 16 acres and the easements for an additional 90 acres, but the owners want substantially more. Principal owner Carmen Nero said the group is not in negotiation with the county. He said, “They gave me the price and haven’t budged.” The proposed acquisition is based on an airport master plan created by the county in 2003. A public hearing on the matter will be held Aug. 14 at 401 State St. in Hudson. Read the full story in the Register Star.