Eminent Domain, Is there a better Way!
In case you missed our on-air interview with Glacier County landowner Larry Salois, I thought you might like to hear a little about what he had to say in regard to the Eminent Domain issue with his property. You can listen to the on-air story after the jump.
By the way, Larry is actually the court appointed guardian for his mother Shirley Salois, who is the actual property owner. He explained to us that by moving the power poles approximately 500-feet to the East, the whole problem could be solved. This is an offer he said he gave to the transmission line officials, about a year ago in November of 2009.
Larry said that in his mind the offer would still work and he also believes it would work in the case of two landowners who are protesting in the Dutton and Power area.
When I asked if he had an idea on why M-A-T-L refused the offer, he said because they may have felt like if they moved it for him, it would set a precedent and how many more would want to move it.
That of course is just his best guess on what they were thinking.
I also found it interesting that Bob Williams, with Tonnbridge Power told us in early January that negotiations with Larry Salois are ongoing. When asked about that, however, Larry said the only negotiations he has had is being the defendant in the condemnation suit that Montana-Alberta-Tie limited filed against him in Glacier County District Court.
District Judge Laurie Mckinnon ruled against the transmission line builders. One of her specific points was that “private individuals and corporations, like state agencies, have no inherent power of eminent domain and their authority to condemn must derive from Legislative grant.” So, guess where the issue is now. The Legislature is trying to give them that inherent right.