Eminent domain map

This photograph shows the land needed for easements and acquisition for the Riverside Recreation Trail Project.

SIOUX CITY | The Sioux City Council on Monday will decide whether to use eminent domain to secure portions of a pair of properties needed for a trail project in Riverside. 

According to Monday's meeting agenda, the city has been unable to reach a negotiated settlement with the owners of properties located at 817 Bruner Ave. and 1725 1/2 Nash St. for easements and acquisition of property that runs through the owners' yards. 

On the first property, the city requires three temporary construction easements totaling 5,576 square feet, a permanent easement of 9,991 square feet and an 8,976-square-foot portion to be acquired in fee title. 

On the second property, the city requires a 591-square-foot temporary construction easement, a 10,765-square-foot permanent easement and 699 square feet to be acquired in fee title. 

According to the city, offers of $16,420 and $8,790, respectively, have been made to the property owners.

If the council votes in approval Monday, a compensation commission will determine just compensation for each property owner. In the meantime, the city will continue to negotiate with property owners if possible to reach a negotiated settlement. 

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