A judge on Friday gave the Saratoga County Water Authority permission to go on properties where the owners have objected to having the county water line cross their land.
The ruling under eminent domain law by state Supreme Court Judge Thomas D. Nolan gives the authority temporary access for construction preparation, pending a full condemnation hearing on May 16.
“We’re very pleased with the ruling,” said water authority Chairman John E. Lawler, R-Waterford.
The ruling involves about 24 landowners along the 28-mile pipeline route from Moreau to Malta who haven’t granted the county permission to run the pipe under their land. There are a number of individuals, but CP Rail, the Saratoga Springs YMCA and Brookfield Power are also on the condemnation list.
Some landowners are unhappy with the decision.
“It’s not a surprise to me,” said Mary Zetterstrom of Saratoga Springs, who objects to the line crossing her farm. “They always go in favor of the guy with money.”
The authority must post $50,000 in cash or bond toward restoration of properties after the pipe is installed.
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