Landis negotiating with resident for sewer line right of way

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, December 1, 2009

By Shavonne Potts
LANDIS ó The town is negotiating with resident Tony Garver, who says Landis owes him for a sewer line right of way on his Sutton Road property.
When his neighbor had sewer problems, Garver gave verbal permission for the town to run a line across his property.
At a January Board of Aldermen meeting, he said the town has not paid him for the right of way.
Garver, who did not attend the board’s meeting this week, asked the town to pay an undisclosed amount that appeared to be higher than the than the typical reimbursement range, town officials said.
Town Attorney Rick Locklear said the going rate for a right of way is $1 to $1.50 per linear square foot. Garver’s property amounts to less than 50 feet.
The board held a closed-door meeting to discuss the request Garver made at the last meeting.
Following the session, the board decided to have Locklear negotiate an amount and report back to the board.
The board also:
– Approved having Town Administrator Reed Linn look into the town forming a committee to document the history of the town.
Linn said he had a conversation with a town resident who had the idea of recording the town’s history.
– Approved a two-part proposal to hire an independent auditing service.
The audit will encompass any financial statements and compliance reports and the annual financial report.
The contract will be for at least three years with an annual negotiation of the fee. The period is for the July 2008 to June 2009 fiscal year.
The auditor must provide preliminary drafts, required journal entries and other reports.