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PLAN FOR RESERVOIR NEAR HURRICANE DRAWS FIRE FROM PROPERTY OWNERS

A proposal by the Washington County Water Conservancy District to build a reservoir near Hurricane is drawing criticism from affected property owners.

Property owners in Dixie Springs, near the proposed Sand Hollow Reservoir site, say they feel they are being coerced by water district officials and Clarence Jolley, the subdivision developer, into selling their land.Ron Thompson, water district manager, said plans call for the new reservoir to be south of U-9 and north of the Hurricane Sand Dunes.

There are roughly 1,400 lots in the proposed project, and the district has made purchase offers to about 100 property owners for 80 acres in the southern area of the development.

Jolley has been contacting property holders, asking them to sell their land to the district. If they don't sell, Thompson has threatened to condemn the property. He lists himself as the broker for the district, though he is not a licensed broker.

But many property owners don't call it cooperation. They say their property is being taken out from under them.