Do you want to talk relocation assistance under the Uniform Relocation Act? You have come to the right place! Join Infrastructure Junkies! as Kristen Bennett takes us on a deep dive into the differences between moving, reestablishment, and ineligible relocation expenses. This episode was inspired by a recent encounter with a move planner, and Kristen will discuss grease traps, vent hoods, and sprinkler systems…along with other sometimes questionable relocation items. Also, find out when and how displacees can be reimbursed for expenses pertaining to code compliance. Kristen will even give listeners direct references to the rules in the Code of Federal Regulations (49 CFR Part 24) and the Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisition Policies Act (Uniform Act)! Let’s get in the weeds together!
Infrastructure Junkies! returns for the second half of Season 3, highlighting the International Right of Way Association International Conference in Cleveland, a trip to Podcast Movement in Dallas, and plans for the future and upcoming events for our listeners! Find out what happened over the summer and what is in store going forward.
The Infrastructure Junkies! invited President Judy Jones to center stage to explain how and why she assumed the helm a year earlier than originally planned. Is she ready? Did she need another year to prepare? Learn more about her unlikely path to this position, her philosophies, leadership style and her goals for the International Right of Way Association.
This episode of Infrastructure Junkies! was graciously underwritten and sponsored by Blackbird Right of Way LLC, DBE certified relocation specialists who will handle all of your relocation needs, no matter how complex. From one parcel to 100.
Infrastructure Junkies! welcome back Professor Greg Jackson from the History that Doesn't Suck Podcast to tell you a story about one of the greatest infrastructure marvels in American History: the transcontinental railroad. Learn about the reasons why our young country so desperately needed this new infrastructure development, how it was set up as a race between the Union Pacific and the Central Pacific, the high stakes of failure, the challenges of drilling through mountains, native American hostilities, weather, and also learn about the remarkable people that got it done. What a story!
This episode was generously sponsored by Blackbird Right of Way LLC, your experts in the Uniform Relocation Act. From one parcel to one hundred, anywhere in the United States, Blackbird gets it done!
Identifying Fixtures! The Fascinating Intersection Between Appraisal, Relocation, Law and…a Smoking Monkey??
Appraiser Bob Grace joins Infrastructure Junkies! to discuss the wild and wonderful world of fixtures in the right of way field. The appraiser's first encounter with items in the acquisition inspection will set the stage for how certain "things" are handled throughout the eminent domain process. Are they realty or are they personal property? And what is a "trade fixture"? Get that determination wrong, and bad things can happen. Tune in!
For the first time ever, The Eminent Domain Podcast and Infrastructure Junkies! team up for a JOINT EPISODE which examines the nuts and bolts of IIJA. We focus on how and when it will affect our industry, where the funding is going--and where it's not. Attorney Jeremy Young has studied the landmark legislation and provides your hosts a wonderful and fascinating overview of what is to come.
Indian property rights scholar Bethany Berger, a professor at the University of Connecticut School of Law, joins Infrastructure Junkies! to explain the intersection between Indian rights and right of way projects and infrastructure development in the United States. She discusses the derivation of Indian property interests, how Indian reservations were established, the laws that govern Indian property rights, the source of those laws, and the effects of burial grounds and Indian artifacts on a project.
For more information on this topic, the regulation on rights of way over trust and restricted lands on reservations can be found at 25 CFR 169 (there are some older statutes that apply to reservations generally), and the best resource to find out more about Indian property rights is Cohen’s Handbook on Federal Indian Law, which is available on Lexis (but not Westlaw). Ch.15, section 15.09 is all about rights of way, and Ch.20 section 20.02 is all about the National Historic Preservation Act.
Special thanks to our sponsor, Blackbird Right of Way, a full service, DBE certified right of way company, for making this episode possible.
Tom Forestier, a partner with Winstead, PC, has represented some of the largest companies in the oil and gas industry for his entire career. Tom joins Infrastructure Junkies! to discuss how the oil and gas industry has lost public support, the disfavor of fossil fuels, and the difficulty of building pipelines in this new era. And did someone mention bourbon? Yes, please!
Your hosts explore application of the Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisition Policies Act of 1970, as amended, to businesses impacted by a right of way or eminent domain project. Martyn Daniel, an eminent domain and business relocation consultant and Brandee Caswell, an attorney who assists large companies with complex relocations, offer their perspectives on application of the URA to this complex and sometimes imperfect process. Find out the role of the Karate Kid in relocations, and whose alter ego is Daniel Larusso, Johhny Lawrence, Mr. Miyagi and Ali with an "i"!
This episode is generously sponsored by Blackbird Right of Way LLC.
Two of the best and most successful property rights (landowner) eminent domain attorneys in the United States, Andrew Prince Brigham (Jacksonville) and Christian Torgrimson (Atlanta), join Infrastructure Junkies! to share their perspectives from the other side. Along the way, they discuss what attracted them to defending landowners, their perspective on the ongoing debate of whether eminent domain is good or evil, as well as jury trial strategies. Learn what they view as unfair practices by condemning authorities and which agencies are more difficult than others. They identify bad condemning authority practices and behaviors and best of all, appraisers and appraisal tactics which they are able to exploit at trial. As would be expected, each guest handily survives "Cross Examination with Dave"!
This episode was recorded on location at the Eminent Domain and Land Value Litigation Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona. Infrastructure Junkies! would like to thank Amy Weinberg at ALI-CLE for providing our team the space to record at the conference.
Infrastructure Junkies! would also like to thank Pender & Coward's Eminent Domain / Right of Way Practice Group for its generosity in sponsoring this episode.
Infrastructure Junkies! kicks off Season 3 with a blockbuster roundtable with special guests Lisa Harrison and Marcus Boyd. Tune in to consider hardline negotiations in right of way, silver linings in relocation benefits, the need for diversity in the right of way industry and whether the infrastructure industry is really ready to "go green". Along the way your hosts and guests consider the benefits of being a vegetarian, reality TV guilty pleasures, the need to read, and Texas Tech basketball, baby! This episode was generously sponsored and made possible by Pinnacle Consulting Management Group. Thank you, Pinnacle!
Patrick McCallister joins the IJs to discuss his education outreach to recruit the next generation of Infrastructure Junkies as well as his new Eminent Domain and Right of Way Clubhouse. "Tish" from Boots, Bibles and Scrapbookin'! Podcast breaks into the studio and takes the interview into her own hands. Hilarity ensues.
Professor Tanya D. Marsh from Wake Forest University School of Law teaches the only law school course on cemetery and funeral law in the United States. She joins the Infrastructure Junkies to educate us all on what to do if human remains lie in the path of a right of way project. How can graves be condemned through eminent domain? Does a corpse have the right to just compensation? And what even are "human remains" that trigger special treatment? Find out here!
Professor Greg Jackson returns to finish the gripping story of how the Brooklyn Bridge was designed and constructed. This American infrastructure marvel represented the greatest right of way feat of its time and set the standard for bridge engineering going forward.
Check out the wondrous story of the greatest American infrastructure achievement of the 19th Century: the Brooklyn Bridge. Professor Greg Jackson of the wildly popular History That Doesn't Suck podcast joins the Infrastructure Junkies! to bring the story of our nation's greatest infrastructure marvel to life. Listen to how the brilliant John Roebling identified the pressing need to connect Brooklyn with Manhattan in the mid 1800's and then conceived the engineering technique to accomplish this vision. A road supported by string? Not quite, but this marvel still provides safe passage to over 100,000 people every day nearly a century and a half after completion.