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Friday, December 9, 2011: 11:21 am
More from copeman
|Seems like an excessive amount of money for an old building and small lot.|
Friday, December 9, 2011: 11:28 am
More from MHS.1927
|This is a great improvement to the Morton Avenue corridor. I am grateful to the REMC for reinvesting in the area instead of moving elsewhere.|
Saturday, December 10, 2011: 10:19 am
More from nobodyimportant
|My comment here is not to dispute the idea that it is a good thing to keep jobs in Martinsville. We certainly don't need to lose more employers.|
My disappointment is that utility companies have the government perk of imminent domain to achieve their purposes. I dobn't know for sure if it was used in this case. The comment made by one of the owners seems to indicate that it was or perhaps threatened.
Imminent domain, at least in original intent, was provided governments in order that necessary actions such as building roads could be achieved in a way most beneficial to the general public. In this case, the utility company gave no indication that the parcel of ground was crucial to their operations. As I recall in a previous article, it would help them be "more efficient."
Be very afraid if the imminent domain bar for critical need is lowered to higher efficiency.
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