The City of Charlottetown may have to expropriate a property to make way for a new sewer line.

Eddie Rice

Charlottetown Coun. Eddie Rice says the city will try to negotiate with the property owner over the sewer line before moving to expropriate the property. (CBC)

The city is in final phases of the Spring Park sewer separation project, with some of the work due to get underway on Summer Street. Coun. Eddie Rice, chair the water and sewer committee told CBC News one property owner on Summer Street is demanding $100,000 to allow the city to cross his property with a new sewer line.

"If we go ahead and purchase we set a precedent. We have a non-registered easement already over his property and that holds a certain amount of legitimacy to the whole process," said Rice.

"We now have to proceed with, if he does not agree, to get an expropriation order in place, and we'll proceed with this to keep this project on time."

Charlottetown has the right to lay the new lines on adjacent properties.

Rice said the city will spend the next month negotiating with the property owner. If that does not work out the city will move to expropriate the property.

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