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Town considers eminent domain in pipeline conflict

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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This story was posted on August 8, 2013.
  • SLADE WALKER

    LET’S SCREW HIM OUT OF IT. THE AMERICAN WAY.

  • Dave

    There is something fundamentally wrong with pumping crap uphill. Logic once again escapes the vision of the movers & shakers that can’t do anything without millions of taxpayer dollars to distribute amongst their friends. Perhaps they can use their ski lift haul their crap over top of the grahams property.

    • Lefty

      Guess who will “win” the bid to do the work. Bob Hart. Like that should shock anyone.

      • Dave

        I don’t know Bob Hart, But I do know s*#t flows downhill. There is a certain arrogance & ignorance associated with doings things that defy the harmony of nature simply because you have the means & money to do so. Reservoir Hill may have been just a smoke screen attempt to divert your attention from this scam. Any chance where this new sewer line is placed helps Walmart out quite a bit? Pumping Crap uphill is dumb and its been that way for quite some time now. I think its has something to do with laws of G-R-A-V-I-T-Y.

  • Snowman

    Mark Weiler is cancer on Pagosa Springs

  • Shane_Tuller

    It is despicable what is being done to the Grahams. As a member of the ‘public’, I detest that this is happening in ‘my’ name. Our wonderful civil officials love to spout off about the ‘public good’. I refuse to be a part of this, and denounce all actions by the Town and PAWSD. Eminent domain is an evil concept that violates every aspect of personal property rights. If I, as a citizen, do not have the power to claim eminent domain over a person’s property, how does the government, who derives its powers from ME, have the ability to do so?

    Just for the record.

  • Snowman

    Did I hear something like 42 mature pine trees on Grahams property alone? How many tree’s for the whole pipe line? Did anyone do an environmental study on the effects of this pipe line? People come to Pagosa for the pine tree’s they don’t have not the rec center they do have.

    Bad Weiler Bad!!!

  • walmarthater

    Nothing Aragon or Mitchem do surprises me anymore. David Schanzenbaker is the only one on the town council that actually does his job, representing what is best for Pagosa. Everyone else on the town council is corrupt, self centered, greedy and power hungry. We can’t just sit by and let this happen to our fellow Pagosans!! Lets take a stand and get rid of these people before it is too late!!! IMPEACH ARAGON!! FIRE MITCHEM!! SAVE OUR COMMUNITY!!

  • StephenGiesen

    “The Sanctity of the American Home Must be presoived”
    Bugs Bunny- No Parking Hare 1954.