Eminent Domain Possible During Sewer Repairs


-- Some landowners may have to part with their property for the city to repair the sewer system.

The city hopes the eminent domain bill making its way through the state legislature would help them repair the ailing sewer system as fast as they can. The bill would allow the city to forcibly buy property if they needed it to put piping through. It's very similar to when the state buys property for critical highway projects.

The city doesn't anticpate it will be used for the expansion of the Northeast Interceptor near Hewlett's Creek.

Eminent domain could be used for a new line that would connect to the northside treatment plan.

Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo says considering the nature of the sewer situation, they're hoping to add this to their bag of tricks.

"We hope we never have to use it, but the people are asking that we get this done, and if we have to we'll use it to make sure the pipe goes in and we are able to work as quickly as we can," said Mayor Saffo.

The bill was filed in the state Senate Monday. The city expects the Northeast Interceptor expansion to be put to bid within the next month and a half.

Reported by Joe Keiley