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Letter about OHV trail

Fri, Aug 3rd, 2012
Posted in All Letter to the Editor

To the Editor,

The city of Houston is sponsoring an OHV Trail in partnership with the DNR and four out of town recreational clubs. The four clubs received DNR Grant-in-Aid funding in July, 2010 ; $150,000 matched by the DNR for a total of $300,000.

City residents opposed to the OHV Trail oppose the LOCATION, which includes South Park—located in a residential area. The DNR owns over 1,300 acres of recreational land 3.5 miles west of the city of Houston that would be an ideal location for the OHV Trail.

Minnesota Statutes 2011 116D.04 Subd. 6 Prohibitions:

Subd. 6. Prohibitions. No state action significantly affecting the quality of the environment shall be allowed, nor shall any permit for natural resources management and development be granted, where such action or permit has caused or is likely to cause pollution, impairment, or destruction of the air, water, land or other natural resources located within the state, so long as there is a feasible and prudent alternative consistent with the reasonable requirements of the public health, safety, and welfare and the state’s paramount concern for the protection of its air, water, land and other natural resources from pollution, impairment, or destruction. Economic considerations alone shall not justify such conduct.

The OHV Trail has yet to be approved, yet $210,000 of GIA money has been spent acquiring property, with another purchase of residential property in process. Park design, maintenance and management plans have yet to be developed.

Planning after making a commitment reminds me of Nancy Pelosi pitching National Healthcare by stating that, “We have to pass the bill before you can find out what is in it.” Incredible!  City residents should know the full cost and details of the proposal BEFORE purchasing the land for it--that is simply prudent.

Lisa Erickson

Houston, MN

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