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Bill would change eminent domain law

Bill would change eminent domain law

By M. Scott Carter

The Journal Record

Posted: 09:19 PM Tuesday, March 2, 2010

MADILL – A little more than a decade ago, Terri Wagoner and her family owned a small print shop and barbecue restaurant in Oakland, just about a mile away from Madill.

Then, in 1997, Wagoner’s mother died and the family closed the restaurant.

And that’s when the trouble started.

A short time later, officials from the Oklahoma Department of Transportation condemned a small piece of land that ran from the driveway of the printing company to U.S. 70. The Department of Transportation offered her $18,000.

“They had an easement which came within about three feet of our front door,” she said. “But it was worth more and it was going to take a lot more than $18,000 to convert our businesses. We had to reverse everything – make the front of the building the back and make the back part of the building the front – because of the highway... FULL ARTICLE


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