Harrison Co. Utility Authority in court over eminent domain

Harrison Co. Utility Authority in court over eminent domain

HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - The Harrison County Utility Authority is under fire again, this time over property the board used through eminent domain.

The Walker family claims an appraisal done by the utility authority was extremely low compared to an appraisal they had done. The utility authority used 50 feet along the front of their property on Shorecrest Road for water and sewer lines.

An attorney for the Walker family, Gary White, told the court the utility authority plans showed the project would have included manholes in the lines that would release the smell of human waste. For that reason, an appraisal the Walker family had done appraised the use of the easement for hundreds of thousands of dollars more than they received.

Harrison County Utility Authority Attorney Jim Simpson said the plans were only to put underground lines on the easement and that would not release smell. Also Simpson said the board never saw another appraisal done on the easement.

Wednesday, when court resumes, Biloxi Mayor AJ Holloway, former Harrison County Utility Authority Executive Director Kamran Pahlavan, who was recently indicted on bribery charges, and former board member Kim Savant, who plead guilty to bribery charges, will all be called to the stand to testify about the project and about the amount of money paid to the Walker family.

WLOX News is back in the courtroom Wednesday. Watch for more details later today on WLOX News and WLOX.com.

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