AP Legal Affairs Writer
COLUMBUS: The Ohio Supreme Court has heard from both sides in a case involving compensation for a group of landowners for their losses from flooding near Ohio’s largest inland lake.
The court ruled a year ago that the state Department of Natural Resources was required to compensate 87 landowners near Grand Lake St. Marys in western Ohio.
Lawyers for the landowners allege the state has been dragging its feet ever since.
Michael Stokes, an assistant Ohio attorney general, told the court it’s been difficult to find appraisers qualified to work on the case. And it’s taking time for the five hired by the state to do the job properly.
Attorney Bruce Ingram, representing the landowners, said plenty of qualified appraisers are available and the state’s argument is a red herring.