Southern Delivery System update: Colorado Springs Utilities is taking the first group of easement holdout Pueblo West property owners to court

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From The Pueblo Chieftain (Chris Woodka):

“As a real estate broker, I can see they’re misleading the public on what they’re doing, and I don’t have a problem saying that,” said [Pueblo home builder and real estate broker ] Branson Haney, who owns two undeveloped lots along the SDS route. “The threat of eminent domain has always been on the table, and they have never entered negotiations.”

Colorado Springs Utilities took the first group of holdouts in Pueblo West to court last week. The easements are needed for a 10-foot deep trench through Pueblo West along the route of a 66-inch diameter pipe that will be buried and carry water from Pueblo Dam to El Paso County as part of the SDS project…

In most cases, the amount of compensation has been the issue, although a few involve sorting out liens against the properties…

After his court hearing Tuesday, Haney wrote a letter to Pueblo County commissioners saying Colorado Springs has violated a section of the 1041 agreement in the Pueblo West land negotiations. Specifically, one of the conditions states that there will be “no out-of-pocket expense” to landowners…

Haney said he supports SDS because he believes it has benefits for Pueblo West and Pueblo, but is dissatisfied with how property owners have been treated.

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