A land swap impasse between Connell and Franklin County was resolved this week after the city agreed to buy about three-fourths of an acre from the county in exchange for the county granting Connell an easement to bury pipe through a stretch of county-owned land.
Connell plans on replacing about 1,100 feet of waterline near the city's western boundary with Franklin County. A portion of land where the pipe will pass is owned by the county.
Connell Mayor Blacky Blackwell previously said that the state Department of Health was requiring the city to replace the pipe because of leaks in the line that supplies water to the Connell Park Estates mobile home park. It is expected to cost about $151,000.
Franklin County commissioners told Connell City Administrator Jed Crowther last month that the county would grant an easement on a 60-foot wide stretch of land in exchange for 2.2 acres of city-owned property. No agreement was made and the two sides were at an impasse.
Earlier this week, however, the two entities met again and reached a solution.
Connell proposed buying about three-fourths of an acre of county-owned land near the community center in exchange for the easement. Franklin County agreed. The three-fourths of an acre includes two plots of land, one of which is landscaped and partially covered by a parking lot.
"We have a win-win situation," Crowther said.
The land still needs to be appraised, so no dollar amount was attached to the deal.
Crowther expects ground to be broken on the waterline replacement within a month. He said the project should take seven to 10 days to complete.
-- Drew Foster: 509-582-1513; firstname.lastname@example.org