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Power line easement price?

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tomstractorsandtoys

07-11-2019 11:53:06




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There is a power company that wants to run a new line from a solar farm across the west side of my farm. What is a fair dollar valve on 1/2 mile of line at the edge of my fields? I asked my lawyer and he says he had done several but they all have a confidentiality clause that prevents him from giving me any figures to go by. I have no idea where to start on this. Any ideas or experiences? Thanks Tom

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MarkB_MI

07-12-2019 02:59:36




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 Re: Power line easement price? in reply to tomstractorsandtoys, 07-11-2019 11:53:06  
Are they going underground or above? Obviously having above-ground lines on your property will affect its value.



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Eldon (WA)

07-11-2019 21:27:50




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 Re: Power line easement price? in reply to tomstractorsandtoys, 07-11-2019 11:53:06  
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Power company wanted a 5' x 40' easement on the corner of my property, they did the paperwork, I took the $200. Never affected me in the least...



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fixerupper

07-11-2019 19:39:17




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 Re: Power line easement price? in reply to tomstractorsandtoys, 07-11-2019 11:53:06  
A little over 20 years ago a windmill farm went up a few miles west of me. The company that constructed the windmills went under and every acre of farm land in the windmill farm had a mechanics lien slapped on it till the company was bought out by another company. Can this happen with power poles too?



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Russ from MN

07-11-2019 18:40:58




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 Re: Power line easement price? in reply to tomstractorsandtoys, 07-11-2019 11:53:06  
We just had a huge 500 kV transmission line run across our land, 1/2 mile, took 13 acres. They paid us fair market value for the land, but it's still our land. If it was farm land it could still be farmed, but it was timber, so we will never get any income from it again, can't grow trees under a line. Most of it is over a bedrock ridge, so there weren't a lot of trees anyhow, we got about 10K for the timber. They cut it and piled it up, we sold it. We really had no choice, the route was determined years ago, zig-zaged around to avoid native land!

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RBnWA

07-11-2019 18:28:26




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 Re: Power line easement price? in reply to tomstractorsandtoys, 07-11-2019 11:53:06  
Tom GET a lawyer that know s easements. I know a guy that s getting 8325.00 p/a. Some of it is wood s. They pay for any tree or crop damage. BTW this is from a power co. RB



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Hobo,NC

07-11-2019 18:25:20




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 Re: Power line easement price? in reply to tomstractorsandtoys, 07-11-2019 11:53:06  
I have a RR track and a power line that runs along the backside of my property I get nutting out of it other than it lowers my property tax value by 1/2 :)..... Of course I had to point it out to the tax office to get it lowered...
In my case that's worth about 1K a year so trains don't bother me much :) are that power line that hum's either..



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ditchwitch

07-11-2019 18:20:58




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 Re: Power line easement price? in reply to tomstractorsandtoys, 07-11-2019 11:53:06  
Get a lawyer. Reason i say that also is because my friend is having a gas company run a line though the back side of is land. The gas company original offer was 8000 dollars. He got lawyer and its up to 200k now. He said if the Gas company would have offered him a fair offer to start with he never would have got the lawyer. So i dont know your deal but i think you will be money ahead to get a lawyer..

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Mark Robke

07-11-2019 18:03:01




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 Re: Power line easement price? in reply to tomstractorsandtoys, 07-11-2019 11:53:06  
My farm had power lines running across it when I bought it. And phone lines-both of which they upgrading internet service. I receive nothing, and I doubt the previous owner did either. I live in Kentucky. In my opinion the lines should run along the road side, but they don't; they cross hills and hollows. Hard for them to work on! Good luck!! Mark.



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bison

07-11-2019 17:34:56




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 Re: Power line easement price? in reply to tomstractorsandtoys, 07-11-2019 11:53:06  
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I have 3/4 mile of high voltage power line(5 strand on wooden poles) crossing my property(was there already when I bought the property) They pay me 3 grand a year in compensation for the nuisance of having to farm around the poles.

I have it all in pasture so it bothers me none.



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SweetFeet

07-11-2019 17:20:20




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 Re: Power line easement price? in reply to tomstractorsandtoys, 07-11-2019 11:53:06  
Fiirst, I 'd find a lawyer who WILL give you a ballpark figure for value.

Knew the son of an old farmer who allowed BIG lines across one egde of his land... the son's wife told me her FIL got 40K per pole!

4 poles were place on his land... he then retired, got his house resided, added a big deck and kicked back and enjoyed life.

If that info was correct... we'll take 6 or 8 power poles, please. :)

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Shaler

07-11-2019 15:03:04




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 Re: Power line easement price? in reply to tomstractorsandtoys, 07-11-2019 11:53:06  
Pretty sure its time to get a new lawyer. something smells a bit about his response. He cannot speak to specifics, like "oh yes farmer smith down the road just got $10/ft from Solar Enterprises to run a line". Pretty sure he can speak in generalities like; "they may pay anywhere from $10 to $15 per foot depending". All numbers are made up BTW. also, to echo Rustyfarmall, what will happen in 10 years when hydrogen cells are all the rage and solar power is out of favor, who will remove those towers, lines etc? Get a letter of credit or bond from the solar company to remove that crap.

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Stephen Newell

07-11-2019 14:28:30




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 Re: Power line easement price? in reply to tomstractorsandtoys, 07-11-2019 11:53:06  
I would also worry about what damages they would do to your property putting up the towers. When they get the go ahead you know they will do it the easiest way for them and let you pick up the pieces.



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gene bender

07-11-2019 14:23:58




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 Re: Power line easement price? in reply to tomstractorsandtoys, 07-11-2019 11:53:06  
what have they offered and what about the fine print



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el6147

07-11-2019 14:20:08




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 Re: Power line easement price? in reply to tomstractorsandtoys, 07-11-2019 11:53:06  
the width of the easement is going to determine the acreage that will be effected, I was just paid for a transmission line easement on my property ,only effected just a small triangle portion that amounted to 43 foot by 48 foot with a 60 foot die angle point to point and for that there was a set minimum amount no matter if it crossed the property 1 foot by 1 foot, their easement amount was 100 foot wide by the acre.that amount was 15,000.00 per acre

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rustyfarmall

07-11-2019 14:13:20




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 Re: Power line easement price? in reply to tomstractorsandtoys, 07-11-2019 11:53:06  
First, make sure you know what will happen with that power line when the solar farm is abandoned.



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Jeffcat

07-11-2019 13:47:03




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 Re: Power line easement price? in reply to tomstractorsandtoys, 07-11-2019 11:53:06  
Also sounds like you need a better or sneakier lawer. ANYTHING can be found out if you know where to look. Sound like total bull to me. Or he is one lazy lawer. County tax office and land assessment would be a start. Lots of times their neighbors will know if you aask around. The local busy blddies.



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Dean

07-11-2019 12:18:22




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 Re: Power line easement price? in reply to tomstractorsandtoys, 07-11-2019 11:53:06  
Assuming that the power company has no other viable routing options, the easement is worth what it will cost the power company to obtain it by eminent domain. Ask your attorney how much that will cost in order to avoid confidentiality clause issues.

Dean



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Traditional Farmer

07-11-2019 13:33:14




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 Re: Power line easement price? in reply to Dean, 07-11-2019 12:18:22  
Either that or ask the lawyer how much he'd charge if it was his property.



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neverfear

07-11-2019 16:01:14




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 Re: Power line easement price? in reply to Traditional Farmer, 07-11-2019 13:33:14  
Best answer yet!



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