Two phrases I do not like to see in the same article: eminent domain and recreation trail. Those phrases were on the Madison City Commission agenda last night. The city was to consider authorizing a contract with Jencks & Jencks, P.C., to handle "legal and eminent domain actions" in acquiring the land necessary for the proposed Lake Herman bike trail. The contract approved up to $30,000 for the legal work (with the possibility of amendment upward), with hourly pay for the lawyers at $80.
But that item didn't stay on the agenda. At the beginning of the meeting, City Engineer Chad Comes asked for its removal.
The agenda change probably means little, probably just some more paperwork needs to be done before offering a contract to the law firm.
But if the city is even thinking of using eminent domain for the bike trail, they have a long row to hoe before getting the public (or me) on board.
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