Input meetings are scheduled along the Highway 371 Corridor by a St. Cloud firm which is planning how our land, on 371, will be 'planned and zoned' by the State. This plan allows State jurisdiction for one mile on each side of the highway. Eminent domain, for highways, is a matter of feet, by law, but now my entire 40 acres would be in jeopardy.
First, why is a St. Cloud firm planning our affairs? We have competent administrators from local offices and they are better informed.
Second, who authorized this illegal State 'planning and zoning' idea? This is a pilot project which is even more frightening.
At the last meeting several issues were addressed. The speaker said, "What if farmers owned several miles along the highway? Would they have the right to decide access?" "Yes," I said, "if they owned the land." The speaker said, "What if someone put in a dump next to your forty?" I said, "Local ordinance should decide that, not St. Paul."
The speaker said, "We are doing this for your protection."
A word about our history of State protection:
Small schools were forced to consolidate and burdened with redundant curriculum until our local school system deteriorated.
Small farms, creameries, etc. were regulated out of business with unrealistic quality-control restrictions but quality actually degenerated.
Look on any street; locally owned business is dying out.
Look into this and get word, phone, fax, smoke screen, to the Governor. Don't trust anyone else in St. Paul. It's time we said "no" before we are protected out of every thing we own!
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