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