Onamia City Council Pulls Another Fast One!
Mille Lacs News Staff Writer
How do you fit a square peg into a round
hole? Simply drill the hole bigger and bigger until the square peg slips
right through. That seems to be the principle that the Onamia City Council
is operating on to rezone the Nexus 38.81 acre building site (formerly the
Grosslein property). In fact, that may be the only principle Mayor Larry
Milton and the Onamia City Council adheres to: the old
slipping-another-one-through principle. It seems all other principles (such
as honesty, integrity, and fair play) have been discarded by these shady
local politicians. Since the beginning of the Onamia Invasion into Bradbury
Township, the city council has struggled to make the Nexus project a
success. It hasn't been an easy process for them. Starting with
faulty, invalid purchase agreements through the faulty, invalid annexation
application the Onamia Flub Five have been wallowing through quicksand,
sinking - quite obviously - over their heads. But then, these Einsteins
haven't had much experience with multi-million dollar companies. Their usual
tasks have been pretty much limited to things such as telling a citizen to
clean up his yard and making sure Bill Hill's grocery store parking lot gets
But they always get their way. Why?
Because they have their own agenda and they don't care about doing things
the right way. Just git 'er done. They will do what they want no
matter what. Period. They have abused their power time and again. They have
no well-thought out plans, only schemes. The Onamia council can't be accused
of being - of the people, by the people, and they are definitely not for the
people. They have shown how little they care about the people they are
hurting. In fact, they totally disregard the will of the people the
sex offender facility will affect the most, i.e. those whose property sits
adjacent to the woods and hayfield. They have repeatedly violated these
citizens without conscience.
But nothing has been quite so blatantly
un-American and absurd as the way they have handled the zoning of the sex
offenders' proposed facility. Quite simply, this type of institution does
not belong in an area zoned residential. City ordinances were quite clear
about that. So what's the best solution when the law states you cannot do
what it is you want to do? Common sense suggests finding an appropriate
location for the commercial building complex. Unfortunately, our city
leaders are greatly lacking in the common sense department. Besides, doing
the right thing isn't always profitable. So, unable to find a legal zoning
which would be compatible to the surrounding properties, the Onamia
city council simply circumvented the laws by amending the law which stood in
They changed the R-2 Multiple Family
Residential District of the City of Onamia Zoning Ordinance to include the
Mille Lacs Academy, a private corporation owned by Nexus. Under SUBD. 2.
permitted uses in the R-2 Residential District now include:
A. All permitted
uses as provided for in the "R-1" District
B. Multiple family
dwelling structures consisting of three to eight units per building.
C. Residential treatment and
educational facility for minors who have been adjudicated as sex offenders
or have committed felony level sex offences that have been referred to the
facility by the juvenile courts, county social services departments,
probation officers and social workers.
After amending this ordinance, as seems to
be the pattern with this inept group of city "leaders", the ordinance had to
be re-amended. Who knows what the final draft will be by Wednesday's "public
hearing" and subsequent unanimous voting and passing of the bogus amendment.
A new addition to the Nexusville agenda, the Mille Lacs Academy Group Home
will also be rezoned from Commercial to R-2.
Meanwhile, Bradbury Naysayers are elated
with the new ordinance, which is so filled with malfeasance as to make a
good case in court, should they decide to sue the City of Onamia et al.
According to city clerk Kathleen McCullum, the entire scheme was dreamed up
by city attorney Bob Ruppe as a solution to zoning problems. But if the
councilmen pass the ordinance, it then becomes the city's problem.
The city council may think that this is a
clever way to circumvent the law, however, this new ordinance, which will no
doubt be passed on Wednesday, still constitutes "Spot-zoning".
"The game isn't over," said one Bradbury
insurgent. "Its just now starting to get interesting."
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