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Letter: Commissioners are out of touch

Hastings,Minnesota 55033
Hastings Minnesota 745 Spiral Boulevard 55033

To the editor,

Dakota County is trying to take land from homeowners because they want to put in a permanent mooring for house boats that they can rent out, a bath house and other recreational and rather luxury-type development. These people said, “No,” and that they don’t want to sell, so the commissioners decided they will use a legal way that was fully intended to procure land for the greater good. Somehow I think the people in Dakota County will go on just fine without the ability to rent house boats, or ride bikes from here to South St. Paul on a trail (although the people agreed to sell land for the trail). I am outraged that these elected officials seem to think that they have the right to take someone’s land away for such a frivolous purpose. They are out of touch with the very people they serve and I intend to vote against them as their terms come up. I think more people in the county should speak out against this legal thievery.

The Dakota County Board of Commissioners should be ashamed of itself. The exception is Mike Slavik — he voted against the land seizure.