Sunday , 25 July 2021

Town of St. Paul to proceed with expropriation

The Town of St. Paul will proceed with the expropriation of a waterway south of the golf course which has been at the heart of a longstanding dispute with a landowner.

Alberta Environment ruled the watercourse was naturally occurring in May 2019 and earlier this summer the town began the process to expropriate the land after failing to come to an agreement with owner Don Belland.

According to Miller, no appeals have been filed by either the landowner or the public.

The watercourse runs directly from the north end of the county through the west side of the Town of St. Paul to the Upper Therien Lake.

“This next stage assesses the property for its value and then it will come back to town to purchase the property. And then hopefully it will be complete, with protecting a waterway that does if it is at all blocked or obstructed back up in to town,” said Miller.

A motion by Coun. Nathan Taylor to proceed passed with unanimous support.

About Meredith Kerr

Meredith Kerr moved to St. Paul for a career in journalism and morning radio in 2014 expecting to stay for six months to a year. Since then, she has put down roots in the form of a husband, a mortgage, two babies, and a poorly behaved dog. She continues to work as a reporter until such time as she finishes her book and becomes fabulously wealthy from the royalties. Meredith also serves as a member at large on the St. Paul Library Board and volunteers as a Beaver leader for the 1st St. Paul Scout Group.