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Eminent domain proceeds on 4-2 vote

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The Ellis County Press

MIDLOTHIAN – City council members voted 4-2 to initiate eminent domain proceedings against Richard and Sheri Miskimon for a 1.18-acre tract of land near the entrance of the TXI RailPort project on the city’s west side.

Councilmen Ken Chambers and Hank Miller voted against the city taking 1.1 acres for a Highway 67 interchange, leaving other acreage intact for re-sale purposes.

Miskimon, according to Chambers, said he had concerns about the 30-day window to vacate the property and the appraisal value. Chambers said Miskimon’s property was valued too low for "just compensation."

"I questioned the fair market value offered to Mr. Miskimon and asked to see the comparables to justify the market value offered," Chambers said.

"Mr. Chris Dick, finance director, advised there were no comparables performed on any other property in the area.

"How was the value of Mr. Miskimon property determined and who made the determination?

"Council was told [the Texas Department of Transportation] came up with the value. This is unacceptable to me."

The city, together with the city-subsidized Midlothian Development Authority, brought upon the eminent domain action to get the interchange exiting Highway 67 and connecting with Rail Port Blvd., which leads into an industrial park home to TXI and other industries.

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