"This is a big step forward," said
Residents have long complained to the court about extreme flooding conditions, said Judge-Executive
For now, Ball said his office is seeking approval from the
Although 10 households signed voluntary notices of interest earlier this year, an informal poll conducted by the Messenger-Inquirer in March revealed at least one couple who were reluctant to sell. Officials said Thursday that the county will not under any circumstances evoke eminent domain.
"This is completely voluntary," Mattingly said. "We've been working on this for eight years just to help the residents that live in this floodplain."
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