Agenda Item # 2

Columbus Consolidated Government

Council Meeting

09/22/2015

Agenda Report # 31


TO: Mayor and Council

SUBJECT: Condemnation on Parcel 7 for the Roundabout at Fort Benning Road, Cusseta Road and Brennan Road

INITIATED BY: Felton G. Grant, Right of Way Acquisition Coordinator
Transportation Planning Division



Recommendation: Approval is requested for the acquisition of Parcel 7, 3737 Cusseta Road for the Roundabout at Fort Benning Road, Cusseta Road, and Brennan Road, Muscogee County totaling 33,159.612 sq. ft. +/- for the Required Right of Way and 7,397.757 sq. ft. +/- for a Permanent Easement for County Road and/or Municipal Street purposes, and authorizing the filing of a Declaration of Taking by the City Attorney or his representatives for the acquisition of said land under the authority of the official code of Georgia annotated, Section 32-3-1 et. seq for the referenced project.

Background: The parcel listed above is requested for condemnation due to the inability to acquire releases from parties of interest on said parcel.

Analysis: To keep the project on schedule, it is necessary to proceed to condemn and to pay the money into Court, thereby taking possession of the property allowing the City to proceed with the project.

Financial Considerations: This project is funded 100% with City Funds (Bonds - 82057-20100).

Projected Annual Fiscal Impact Statement: The City will be responsible for service and upkeep after completion of the project.

Legal Considerations: Council must approve the action by Resolution.

Recommendations/ Actions: Authorizing the City Manager to order the Acquisition of said land for County Road and / or Municipal Street purpose, and authorizing the filing of a Declaration of Taking by the City Attorney or his representatives for the acquisition of said land under authority of the official code of Georgia annotated, Section 32-3-1 et-seq.


Site Plan - Parcel 7.pdf

A RESOLUTION
NO.

A RESOLUTION DECLARING THAT THERE IS A NEED AND NECESSITY TO IMMEDIATELY ACQUIRE EASEMENTS AND LANDS UNDER THE PROVISION OF THE OFFICIAL CODE OF GEORGIA ANNOTATED, AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR TO ORDER THE ACQUISITION OF SAID EASEMENTS AND LANDS FOR COUNTY ROAD AND/OR MUNICIPAL STREET PURPOSES, AND AUTHORIZING THE FILING OF A DECLARATION OF TAKING BY THE CITY ATTORNEY OR HIS REPRESENTATIVES FOR THE ACQUISITION OF SAID EASEMENTS AND LANDS UNDER THE AUTHORITY OF THE OFFICIAL CODE OF GEORGIA ANNOTATED, SECTION 32-3-1, ET. SEQ.

WHEREAS, it is hereby determined that the circumstances in connection with acquiring easements and lands for the “Round a Bout at Ft. Benning Road, Cusseta Road and Brennan Road,” are such that it is necessary to immediately acquire easements and lands in the following described property, to-wit:
NOW, THEREFORE, THE COUNCIL OF COLUMBUS, GEORGIA, HEREBY RESOLVES AS FOLLOWS:
1.
That there is a necessity for the immediate acquisition of said property interests under the provisions of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated 32-3-1, et. seq.
2.
That the Mayor of Columbus, Georgia be, and she hereby is, authorized to issue such orders and file such papers in the courts and enter into such agreements as she deems necessary for the immediate acquisition of said property interests by condemnation under the provisions of said Act.
3.
That the immediate acquisition of such property interests is for county roads, municipal streets or public highway purposes.
4.
That, in accordance with an investigation and report made to Columbus, Georgia by a competent land appraiser and the agreed upon settlement with the owner, the value of $191,700.00 is just and adequate compensation to be paid for such acquisitions, and is hereby determined and approved, with such sum being authorized to be paid into Court for the use of the persons entitled thereto.
5.
Despite such settlement with the owner, title issues with respect to such property will prevent the closing thereupon, requiring condemnation proceedings to be filed.
6.
That the Mayor, City Manager and City Attorney, or their representatives, are hereby authorized to take any and all lawful actions that they may deem needful, necessary, advisable, or proper for the immediate acquisition of said property interests pursuant to and in accordance with the provisions of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated 32-3-1, et. seq.
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Introduced at a regular meeting of the Council of Columbus, Georgia, held on the day of , 2015 and adopted at said meeting by the affirmative vote of members of said Council.


Councilor Allen voting __________.
Councilor Baker voting __________.
Councilor Barnes voting __________.
Councilor Buck voting __________.
Councilor Davis voting __________.
Councilor Henderson voting __________.
Councilor Huff voting __________.
Councilor Turner Pugh voting __________.
Councilor Thomas voting __________.
Councilor Woodson voting __________.


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Tiny B. Washington, Clerk of Council Teresa Pike Tomlinson, Mayor