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Water Employees File Motion Intervening City's Eminent Domain Case

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One more challenge is added to the city's battle to acquire Mountain Water Company. 38 Mountain Water employees filed a motion on Wednesday, intervening in the City of Missoula's efforts to condemn Missoula's water through eminent domain. The motion asks that the employees have a say in the city's eminent domain case.

It all started after the company's current owner, the Carlyle Group, rejected the city's offer to buy Missoula's water supply. The city asked a district court judge to allow it to acquire Mountain Water by eminent domain.

Great Falls attorney, Gary Zadick, said the employees have a lot of unanswered questions and have a right to be involved in the case.

"There's a lot of details so the employees should be participating in litigation. They need to be looking out for their interest, so that's why I filed today's motion on behalf of the employees with Mountain Water Company," Zadick said.

If the city does not agree to let employees take part in the case, it goes to a hearing for a judge to decide.

In another twist to the city's case, the Carlyle Group filed a motion Tuesday, asking not to be named as a defendant in the eminent domain proceedings. According to documents, the group claims it does not directly own Missoula's water supply.

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