Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Eminent Domain abuse alert for Putnam Cnty

Land owners should NOT be forced to sell for a business park.


The effort to acquire that property officially began last summer when the city council and the Putnam County Commission jointly agreed to purchase more than 350 acres west of Cookeville for approximately $4.8 million for the purpose of developing a business park.

But commissioners and city council members later became aware that one of the five heirs to part of that property, Faye Lynch of Nashville, had declined to sell, leaving the county and the city holding an 80-percent interest in the property, while Lynch continued to hold a 20-percent interest in the property.

An effort was made to condemn that property earlier this year, but a majority of Putnam County commissioners declined to do so after pleas from Lynch's daughter, Linda Owens, that Lynch never agreed to sell the property or to have another heir negotiate on her behalf.

Owens told commissioners that neither she nor her mother had knowledge of the property sale.