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Big Creek Continued from Page One property, located below the proposed dam, would be decreased in value, not increased. "I don't believe there is a human being in the county who would take that land off my hands if the dam is put in there," he said. Chennault said he has owned the land for 20 years, and built a house on the land in 1977. The house is located on the property not condemned by the city. "I'd like to see the city take the whole place, sell what's left and give me the difference," he said. Chennault said he wanted $50,000 total for the land and the damages. The commissioners deliberated for 20 minutes, and came up with the figure of $42,728.80. Chen- naull and the city have 21 days to appeal the decision. Lone Oats was the second case before the commissioners. Oats owns a 100 acre block of land, of which 88.211 acres has been condemned by the city. Oats said he recently quit his job with B&W in Paris to go into ranching full time, and the condemnation of the 88 acres would hurt his business. "It's going to deplete my income." said Oats. Oats said the city offered him J700 and acre for the 80 acres. "I cannot replace wha 11've got for $700 and acre. Seven hundred dollars an acre is an unrealistic figure. It won't purchase any land like I've got," said Oats. Oats also opposes the reservoir, and said he doesn't want to sell the land. "It's not just land we're talking about, It's our ranch, our home," he said. "1 live on my ranch. If you take the back side of my place, I'll nave to live somewhere else. "It's hard to put a monetary value on something we love and have worked hard for," he said. Oats said his family has lived on the land since November, 1981, and built a house with a private water and sewer system on the land. The house is not included in the condemned property, but a pool used for water is. Oats also told the commissioners that he had seeded and sprigged the land to develop it into pasture land, and had constructed a creek crossing. Oats said he would rather the city buy all his property rather than the 80 acres, and proposed a price of $2.000 an acre and $45 a square foot for the house. The commissioners came up with a proposal of $300 an acre for the land in addition to $25,000 in damages. Both entities have 21 days to accept the terms or appeal the decision.