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CREW: U.S. Department of Homeland Security: U.S. Customs and Border Protection: Regarding Border Fence: 6/29/10 - M-1 Condemnation Flood Plain Fence Issue Paper Redacted) 6

CREW: U.S. Department of Homeland Security: U.S. Customs and Border Protection: Regarding Border Fence: 6/29/10 - M-1 Condemnation Flood Plain Fence Issue Paper Redacted) 6

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CREW: U.S. Department of Homeland Security: U.S. Customs and Border Protection: Regarding Border Fence; FOIA Request: CREW: U.S. Department of Homeland Security: U.S. Customs and Border Protection: Regarding Border Fence; Holder of Document: CREW; Producing Agency: Department of Homeland Security (DHS); Date Received: 6/29/10;
CREW: U.S. Department of Homeland Security: U.S. Customs and Border Protection: Regarding Border Fence; FOIA Request: CREW: U.S. Department of Homeland Security: U.S. Customs and Border Protection: Regarding Border Fence; Holder of Document: CREW; Producing Agency: Department of Homeland Security (DHS); Date Received: 6/29/10;

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From:To:Cc:Subject:
M-1 Issue Paper for Condemnation and Relocation
Date:
Friday, March 14, 2008 6:24:45 PM
ISSUE / BRIEFING TOPIC
:In Del Rio, Texas, the M-1 segment (the only segment in Del Rio, Texas for PF-225) currently described as 2.36miles (previously 3.01 miles) by the Army Corp. of Engineers (ACE) has been realigned on several occasions andfor various reasons (the most current due to flood plain issues and to avoid impacting multiple residents).
 DESIRED OUTCOME
:Realign the fence to meet operational objectives.Maintain positive relations with the City of Del Rio.No one lives south of the take line. 
BACKGROUND
:PF225 project M-1 has 19 properties that are needed for the project, including one owned by the City of Del Rio(two of these 19 might be avoided under the new alignment). There are 17 buildings (houses, trailers, metalbuildings and travel trailers) on 9 properties between Frontera Rd. and the Rio Grande River. Of these 17buildings, 10 buildings are occupied by the owners or renters of the property (totaling approx. 25-30 inhabitance).DHS has contacted all 18 owners of the 19 properties and all are willing and interested in fielding offers from ACEReal Estate to purchase all or part of their property. Del Rio Sector originally requested the alignment of the fence to follow the south side of Frontera Rd. OBP andBorder Patrol have recently realigned the fence close to the International Boundary and Water Commission (IBWC)Flood Plain line to affect as few residents and lives as possible. Del Rio Sector has agreed to this alignment tokeep the project moving forward, even though it is not the optimal alignment. Under this new alignment anywherefrom 9 to 13 of the 17 buildings (and possibly 18 to all of the current inhabitants) will fall outside the footprint of the newly aligned fence. Most of the properties run from Frontera Rd. to the Rio Grande River. Del Rio Sector would prefer to owneverything south of the Frontera Rd. first and south of the fence alignment secondly. All of the buildings that arelived in fall outside of, but remain near, the IBWC Flood Plain line (Three buildings are inside the flood plain, butare not inhabited). It has yet to be determined whether the owners will sell only the property south of the fence(and keep their living area) or if they will want to sell their property as a whole. It has also yet to be determined bythe Real Estate Appraiser if the remaining property will have any worth after the river-side portion has been sold.It has also yet to be determined by the Engineers whether it is possible that some of the buildings will have to bemoved or taken down due to their close proximity to the construction area. Most of our property owners do not want to live next to the fence (with the exception of a few). Most will want tosell all of their property and relocate. Del Rio Sector anticipates a few exceptions and is willing to entertainmultiple options to avoid the condemnation process with any of the 18 landowners including some of thefollowing: Del Rio Sector is willing to entertain an easement to build the fence; allow access to graze between thefence and river; and consider long term leases for grazing rights. Del Rio Sector does not foresee going into thecondemnation process with any landowners in the M-1 project area. 
CHALLENGES / CONCERNS
:- Rental house on property that is split away from rest of property by the flood plain.12/8 Met and seems very interested to field offer on all(including house) or part.Building not inside the take lineApprox. 3 occupantsHouse that family lives in that is split away from rest of property by the flood plain. Young couple that has not given usany opinion as of yet. Has been co-operative in process and appear to be interested in an offer.Building not inside the take lineApprox. 5 occupantsSmall Travel Trailer (pull trailer) in front of property that an older gentleman lives in and watches the property.Trailer will be split away from the rest of the property. Business woman in San Fransisco, CA, used to have family ties here butdoes not anymore. She will most likely want to sell the property as a whole. Co-worker handles property business forher. Willing to field offers.Building not inside the take line1 occupantMetal Storage Building (Large Quonset Hut) with foundation, full of hospital beds and junk. Businessman from Acuna,COAH, Mexico. He is interested in taking offer on all. All of his property but the easement to the road is inside the take line.Building inside the take line- Property may be grazed by take line. Lives in Wimberly, TX. Multiple Tractor Trailers and piles of junk on propertyalong with large tin roof cover near Frontera Rd. Leased out to a “recycler.” Really concerned that nothing happens to the largetrees by the road. Willing to take offers but very difficult to read. No one lives on property, but there is potential for relocation of “junk.” Property is just grazed by take line.Approx. 5 trailers and a metal building. Two are occupied by her family and her mother. Excited to take offers.Wants to live in town. Property is grazed by the take line.Building not inside the take lineApprox. 5 occupantsHouse is used as a rental for parties. Would prefer to keep house. Has been in family for twogenerations. Interested in fielding an offer. Take line is very close to the rental house and will probably be neededfor construction.Building close to the take line
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Mother and two sons live in different trailers and houses and two are rentals that I believe are bothcurrently occupied. Interested in taking offers on all of the property. is usually who I contactfirst. Property has been in family for over 20 years. They ranch goats on the back property. Very interested inselling out and relocating. Do not seem very interested in dividing up the property or being cut off from the waterspring below the houses and take line. Residents have told us that they are waiting for an offer from the Gov’tbefore they spend money on improvements.Building close to the take lineApprox. 10 occupantsDoes not want to move. States that he will sell towards the river. Interested inoffer. He would like to have a retaining wall behind his property rather than a fence.Building close to the take line2 occupants- Has multiple structures on his property: Trailer Homes, Metal buildings, Metal Roofs, Tractor Trailers, ect…shows some emotional attachment to property. Owned and developed by his father. Businessman in Odesa, TX. Willing to fieldoffer. Has no attachment to Del Rio. Was very interested and excited when the appraiser came to town, he wanted to show off property to raise the price. Should be impressed with the appraisal.Some structures inside take line, some structures not inside take lineCity of Del Rio- Multiple structures used as warehouses and abandoned by POE. Mayor working with BP to build fence. Weusually deal with City Manager Francis Rodriguez and City Engineer Robert Parker. The possibility of purchasing the land wasnever brought up to the city. Before PF225 we spoke of easements for fence. Previous deal with City to make a Park-like areainside the fence is still in the works.Buildings not inside the take line 
Following properties have no structures on them:
 - No buildings on property. Family lives out of town. Mrs. Ayers is straight forward on views and opinions. 12/4met us on property and stated that her mother was willing to sell even though there is sentimental attachment. 2/28called to find out if BP was still interested in property before she spent money on cleaning it up for future sales.- No structures except for some cattle pens. He has two separated properties in M-1 project area. Lots of sentimental ties, has been in family for 75 years, was owned by father who “never sold even a truck of sand off of the property.”Is hung up on an old INS promise to put RVS site on property to give him a monthly income (project fell through). Uses propertyto run cattle. Interested in a monthly lease or sale of easement. Will listen but states that he will not sell all.- No structures on property. in Helotes, TX. Tried to sell property in the past but raninto some title problems. Very interested in offers.No structures on property. is a Realtor in West Covina, CA. Has no family ties in Del Rio. Is willing to fieldoffers.- No structures on property. Businessman in Del Riostates that his business partner owns half the property. 12/5 stated that they bought property for three years prior. Uses property for cattle. Will to take offers.- No structure on property. Retired Chief of Police in Del Rio. Charlie Bruce used to own the property thatCustoms now inhabits and used to live with family on the property. Is willing to take offers. Has recently inquiredif we were interested in purchasing or leasing other land he owns outside of the project area.No Structures on property. Lives in Del Rio and land has been in family for generations. Called on 2/21 to see if thegov’t was still interested in the property because he wanted to sell sand off of it. Excited to take offers. 
OPTIONS
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Del Rio Sector is willing to entertain an easement to build the fence; allow access to graze between the fence andriver; and consider long term leases for grazing rights. Del Rio Sector does not foresee going into the condemnationprocess with any landowners in the M-1 project area. 
RECOMMENDATION
:We have an operational requirement for fencing in this area and must remain steadfast and see the project throughcompletion.
 
Ron E. Rowland, SBPADel Rio Border Patrol(830) 778-7117 Office(830) 703-9140 Cell(830) 765-4817 Cell
 
 
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ISSUE / BRIEFING TOPIC
:
 
In Del Rio, Texas, the M-1 segment (the only segment in Del Rio, Texas for PF-225) currently described as 2.36 miles (previously 3.01 miles) by the Army Corp.of Engineers (ACE) has been realigned on several occasions and for variousreasons (the most current due to flood plain issues and to avoid impactingmultiple residents).
DESIRED OUTCOME
:
 
Realign the fence to meet operational objectives.
 
Maintain positive relations with the City of Del Rio.
 
No one lives south of the take line.
BACKGROUND
:
 
PF225 project M-1 has 19 properties that are needed for the project, including oneowned by the City of Del Rio (two of these 19 might be avoided under the newalignment). There are 17 buildings (houses, trailers, metal buildings and traveltrailers) on 9 properties between Frontera Rd. and the Rio Grande River. Of these17 buildings, 10 buildings are occupied by the owners or renters of the property(totaling approx. 25-30 inhabitance). DHS has contacted all 18 owners of the 19properties and all are willing and interested in fielding offers from ACE RealEstate to purchase all or part of their property.
 
Del Rio Sector originally requested the alignment of the fence to follow the southside of Frontera Rd. OBP and Border Patrol have recently realigned the fenceclose to the International Boundary and Water Commission (IBWC) Flood Plainline to affect as few residents and lives as possible. Del Rio Sector has agreed tothis alignment to keep the project moving forward, even though it is not theoptimal alignment. Under this new alignment anywhere from 9 to 13 of the 17buildings (and possibly 18 to all of the current inhabitants) will fall outside thefootprint of the newly aligned fence.
 
Most of the properties run from Frontera Rd. to the Rio Grande River. Del RioSector would prefer to own everything south of the Frontera Rd. first and south of the fence alignment secondly. All of the buildings that are lived in fall outside of,but remain near, the IBWC Flood Plain line (Three buildings are inside the floodplain, but are not inhabited). It has yet to be determined whether the owners willsell only the property south of the fence (and keep their living area) or if they willwant to sell their property as a whole. It has also yet to be determined by the RealEstate Appraiser if the remaining property will have any worth after the river-sideportion has been sold. It has also yet to be determined by the Engineers whetherit is possible that some of the buildings will have to be moved or taken down dueto their close proximity to the construction area.
 
Most of our property owners do not want to live next to the fence (with theexception of a few). Most will want to sell all of their property and relocate. DelRio Sector anticipates a few exceptions and is willing to entertain multiple options

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