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Town Wins Eminent Domain Case Over Manchester Country Club 12th Tee

A judge ruled that Manchester does not have to pay any additional money to the former property owners.

A Superior Court Judge ruled that the town was in the right when it seized a 1.29 acre piece of property by eminent domain to serve as the 12th tee on the Manchester Country Club green, negating any extra compensation the property owners sought beside the "fair market value" of $52,000 the town already paid. 

Hartford Superior Court Judge Richard Rittenbrand ruled on Feb. 15 2013 that the town did not owe any extra compensation to the former property owners and defendants in a civil suit, Carlson Associates. Based on court documents, Carlson Associates' appraiser, Roy L. O'Neil Jr., valued the land taken by the town at $87,000, including damages. 

But, in his ruling, Rittenband said he found the town's appraiser, Thomas W. Henry, more credible in his assessment of the land's "fair market value," which was $52,000. 

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The judge's full ruling is attached to this article as a PDF. 

Mark LeClair February 21, 2013 at 04:56 PM
A comparison of apples and oranges occurs when two items or groups of items are compared that cannot be practically compared. These two town owned institutions indeed linked and can be practically compared. This is fun, I can do this all day.
Eric A. Mann February 21, 2013 at 05:18 PM
@Mark - Lolol!!' It is fun. But, seriously, comparing a library to a golf course? No, I respectfully disagree. However, I truly see your point. It's about what's good for the city. But, I just think, in this case, it's extreme. We agree to disagree. All the best!
Mark LeClair February 21, 2013 at 05:21 PM
Agreed! Stay cool out there in Vegas....
James Bond February 21, 2013 at 10:46 PM
I really dislike eminent domain.
Joel Mrosek February 22, 2013 at 11:55 AM
Mark, YOU missed the point. This is an abuse of eminent domain and misuse of town dollars. Eric and I teed this one up perfectly. Also, I believe Mr. Goldstein is correct about the town not making money. A couple years ago the organization that leased the land from the town couldn't make the lease payments. Who is running it now? (My bet the same organization at a lower lease payment.) I have always thought this land should be sold or used in a way that benefits more than a handful of people. (Forget about getting a decent tee time unless you have connections. It is far from "public".)

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