Boone County will decide on the compensation of a non-profit organization as part of a land project


The county commissioners took a walk in the 37 acres owned by the nonprofit organization This is our wild nature on Tuesday as part of the fair and equitable compensation assessment of acquiring this eminent estate.

Jeff Harris, Circuit Judge for Boone County granted the easements of the city non-profit for the Shepard to Rollins Trail project in January. The easements survey was conducted. It is now up to the county commissioners to decide how much to pay the group for their lands.

Attorney General John McManus made a presentation Tuesday in the public building Daniel Boone to Rhonda Carlson, Carl Freiling and Mike Grellner, to whom Harris had been tasked to work on the case.

The city submitted a compensation package of $ 13,300 for the Public Works Department trail section and $ 54,400 for the Parks and Recreation Department trail side, for a total of $ 67,700. .

McManus stated that the amounts were taken directly from the assessments and that they did not take into account the adverse consequences of removing access to land, making it less exploitable and subsequently less marketable.

The city will lease temporary easements for one year, the estimated duration of construction and purchase permanent easements for the trail.

Lawyer John Roark, who represents the non-profit association with Matthew Quetsch, said that the city and himself were not in agreement on the rules regarding sentencing goods. For this reason, they now disagree on a "fair and equitable" compensation.

Roark's concerns include the general language used to describe the easements condemned by the city, as well as the demands for "conservation rights," "panoramic rights," and "erosion control rights." . The scope of the duties will affect the fair market value of the property in the future, Roark said.

"We do not know exactly what that means," said Roark.

In addition, Roark said the city had condemned various proposed rights. From the beginning, the city gave the right to the owner to develop residential property by connecting to the sewer located on the other side of the easement of the trail. That was removed from the table, said Roark. Without the right to a sewer, the prospect of development could be hindered and property values ​​could fall.

His concerns equate to a more expensive view of fair and equitable compensation, Roark said. He is thinking about $ 900,000, but a $ 1.2 million compensation would be fair. He based his estimate on what the city paid to create Stephens Lake Park, also a recreation area.

The non-profit organization bought the land at the Klifton R. Altis Trust last July after a "benevolent angel" donated for the purchase, President Sutu Forté announced. Missourian. The group bought it for $ 467,000.

The public works component of the project, located on the north side of the land, is funded by a $ 28.3 million grant from the US Department of Transportation to build non-motorized transportation infrastructure. The parks and recreation department is also funding part of the project on the south side of the field.

During the nature walk, the three commissioners were accompanied by members of Its Our Wild Nature; lawyers for the nonprofit and the city; Bluffdale residents; The Acquisition Coordinator, Wendy Lister; Allison Anderson, Design Engineering Supervisor; real estate appraiser Jim Wright; and Chris Lohmann, Certified Forester and Forester, whom Forté hired to evaluate the trees on the property.

Forté also spoke to the commissars at City Hall before the group left in the wild.

She stated that the land has been a prominent place in her life since 2007 and described her desire for an urban sanctuary and a natural school.

"Our vision was to protect the area for the wildlife that inhabited it and to learn to use it with respect as a human being for our children, our families and the neighborhood," he said. Strong.