Royall: Condemnation next step

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Lack of communication from an out-of-town property owner may lead to condemnation of an easement issue.

She asked for a delay and said she would visit Mount Olive during the holidays to get an on-site look.

The owner never showed up, according to Town Manager Jammie Royall. Town attorney W. Carroll Turner contacted the property owner by letter.

“I have not talked with him, but to my knowledge there has been no response,” Royall said.

The next step, Royall said, is to recommend condemning the property during the town of commissioners meeting in February.

“But that is where we are headed. This has been going on too long,” Royall said.

The three-phase, three-year sidewalk project is funded through Powell Aid money. Sidewalk construction is planned for Franklin, Nelson, Hillsboro and Center streets.

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