Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Bus Transfer Facility Feasibility Report Available; Council to Discuss CU's Potential Use of Eminent Domain

The "Community Free Press" has posted City Utilities' (CU) Bus Transfer Facility Feasibility Report < at their Web site.

Monday night, the Springfield City Council voted unanimously to hold a special City Council meeting so that they, the public, and CU will have an opportunity to engage in an open discussion about the CU board's decision to exercise eminent domain to acquire property they have selected as their choice for constructing the bus transfer site, should it become necessary.

Councilwoman Cindy Rushefsky seemed to prefer the Council make a more general statement about the use of eminent domain by Springfield's government entities but, in the ensuing discussion, after Councilman Doug Burlison raised a motion to consider the issue, Mayor Jim O'Neal was adamant the Council should make a statement on the specific case of the CU board's decision to exercise use of the measure to acquire property from a private property owner, should it become necessary to do so.

Assistant city attorney Nancy Yendez indicated the Council really has no standing in the decision process of CU's board. The Council would like the city's legal department to issue an opinion regarding what options, if any, the Council has toward weighing in on the issue beyond passing a resolution as to their position.

Mayor O'Neal said he and others among the Council have expressed their displeasure of CU's specific use of eminent domain in this specific case to the CU board, to no avail, "I want to get it on the table, get it on the floor," O'Neal said.

My understanding is that the City Council intends to pass a resolution, as a result of the special meeting, after hearing from the public and City Utilities. The meeting is tentatively scheduled for 7 pm Monday night, June 8, in Council chambers.

KSGF's Vincent David Jericho discussed the issue with the property owner and potential hotel developer, Becky Spence, on his program Tuesday morning. You can listen to all of his podcasts from that program here.

Related: CU backs off on plan to take land for station News-Leader.com Springfield News-Leader

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Anonymous said...

I would think that any CU procedure that Mr. Finnie may have had any hand in should be investigated properly.

Our new Mayor, and most of the Council are doing things much better.

Jackie Melton said...

"Our new Mayor, and most of the Council are doing things much better."

Yes, I would agree with that. :)

BBrown said...

I'm glad you've got this stuff up here. I want to say that I think Amos Bridges has done a really good job on his CU stories this week. I just wish they would have done more sooner.

chestnut expressway said...

It would seem that CU would want a fairly LEVEL site for the new bus transfer station, perhaps Mr. F was confused, and wanted to level a citizen.

It would have been great to see him at a meeting on the 8th explaining CU logic, but I guess that will not happen.