Monday, December 7, 2015

WDT: Council members to decide Palmer Street Eminent Domain Plan

     In what was a series of stifling and gridlocking pre election issues in 2015, the next step in the acquisition of Palmer Street comes tonight. Council is being asked to adopt findings as part of the eminent domain process that will allow the city to actually own property it has maintained and improved for years.
     It always made sense but some sought to make an issue by claiming the city would spend millions on the road. In fact, the best course was always incremental improvement to enhance safety, but it became a good wedge issue.
      What will be a  more interesting eminent domain issue is not this small matter but the massively expensive Western Boulevard project.   Palmer Street can be argued it is in the public interest to have a safer street given the population living there.  The other project will have to hurdle the question of whether its in the public interest or the private interest of adjacent land owners. That's a decision for others at some future date. If past is prologue, that future date will be a long, long time from now.
Watertown Daily Times | Council members to decide Palmer Street eminent domain plan

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

It makes no sense to own Palmer Street if you can make improvements to the road without owning it. You should ask the fire inspector what the legal ability of the city is to just improve the road. His opinions are cheaper than paying the city attorney.

Anonymous said...

It's an odd thing, private streets that is, Let's see Havens St. private,(but in the 80's the City $pent thousands of Dollars on a water main replacement, (Now it's on the list for sidewalks) Bingham Ave. Plowed by the COW, West St. private water line, but not a private St. It would be nice to have consistency...

Anonymous said...

Just resurface the small damaged area in question and call it good. Why would the city spend $750,000 or more that is set aside for this project when no one on that street wants a reconstructed street, The taxpayers have enough on their plate with the six million dollar plus clean up cost on the Old DOT buildings and repair work on busier city streets .

Anonymous said...

Usually these articles try to say Republicans are against eminent domain but it's simply not true. Republicans respect the constitution and understand 5th amendment allows eminent domain for situations like this. On the other hand, we don't want to spend a million dollars on a thousand feet of road. And it will probably be more once Bernier & Carr add the bike lane, lighting and landscaping.

Anonymous said...

The mayor is trying to squeeze it in as he leaves office,as he travels the street daily to his radio job,haven't you people figured that out yet?