12/20/18 – 6:45 A.M.
After six years of controversy, the Putnam County Commissioners approved payouts to 10 property owners along Road 5 during a meeting this week. The Putnam County Sentinel reports the payouts to property owners along the road range from just over $800 to more than $27,000.
Many of the cases settled before going to court earlier this year. The commissioners are waiting on visiting judge Dale Crawford to sign the verdicts in two cases before they issue payments.
Several property owners sued the county after the government used eminent domain to seize the land needed to expand Road 5. They claimed the county didn’t offer them proper compensation. They also argued the county violated sunshine laws when they met to talk about the project.
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