Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Promises kept

Kudos to the city council for keeping a promise to limit the cities ability to use Eminent Domain. At this weeks council meeting they unanimously passed the first reading of an ordinance that keeps the city from using eminent domain to take property from a private entity and give to a company for private development or use. This is a positive response to the infamous Kelo decision that said it was legal to take someone's property and give it to a company all in the name of progress. Luckily, our council sees it differently.

This is a good step in the right direction. After the next reading it will be a local ordinance. It would be better if it was part of the city charter, but that option was closed for two years by the poorly thought out attempt to move to an appointed police chief. It is likely that they will be considering charter changes in the near future and hopefully this will be included in the charter changes. The reality is that an ordinance passed by council can be repealed by council in the future.

Again this is one promise the council kept and they deserve recognition for it.

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