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Reader feels city is stealing homeowners land

I heard that the City of Port Orchard is going to take — no, politically incorrect — steal land from five homeowners on the Port Orchard waterfront to build a trail. The alleged intent is so that a person can walk or ride a bicycle from downtown to the Annapolis pier.

I am having a hard time understanding how $3.6 million dollars will produce that level of excitement. It does illustrate the highest possible, bang for the buck, degree of stupidity in starting this folly to start with. Then again, a person can enjoy the thrill of walking or riding to a pier that serves no useful purpose and out of boredom get tanked at the tavern, then stagger or wobble back to downtown on your bike.

The city is worried that five home owners stand in the way of this joke and are worried that if the plan is cancelled they will have to pay $300,000 in grant money back to the government.

Why would that be a problem? It appears the city has an unknown amount of funds to built this project as they are paying some hatchet group out of Edmonds that has no community ties or feelings about the community to evaluate five properties at the lowest possible value for buy out reasons at a cost of $200,000.

It is apparent that the actual plan of the Port Orchard mayor, the city council, and the planning engineer is to take the land under “eminent domain” and not pay for it at all.

Stop this stupidity people we have homeless people that could use that money in the form of food, housing, clothing, etc.

These types of actions by government sends my mind back in time to places and things that I have only read about — Zieg Hiel — Port Orchard residents.

Larry L. Mann | Port Orchard

 

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