Tuesday April 29, 2008
On in April. Citizens Rights Violated!
Mille Lacs News Staff
At this point, it should come as no surprise that the Onamia
City Council, led by the man in charge - City Attorney Robert "Bob" Ruppe
will go through with handing Nexus the Conditional Use Permit it needs to
begin destroying the 38.81 scenic acres to put up a sex offender facility
despite a year-long protest from opposing neighbors.
"Everything about this [Nexus relocation] is wrong," said one
Neighbor whose property abuts the building site. "But the city council will
go ahead and do whatever it wants, no matter what."
When one of the Neighbors cornered Councilman Bill Hill about
the unethical methods used by the local government to serve Nexus, a
multi-million private corporation which uses tax dollars to profit off of
juvenile sex offenders, stating that the city council has no right to act as
an agent for Nexus in order to force sex offenders in her neighborhood, Mr.
Hill said, "That's just your opinion."
The Onamia city council has consistently ignored any
opposition to the $14 million dollar project. Citizens express deep concern
at the way the council has failed to adequately research and assemble facts;
facts which indicate that not only is Nexus not an asset to the town,
but could in fact be a detriment. But Larry Milton is a stubborn man. The
council refuses to yield. Nexus and the city have conspired to provide false
information to the public, including sheriff and police reports which could
affect public safety. The local government has used taxpayer dollars to pay
Bob Ruppe to rewrite and amend city ordinances in order to remove all
aspects which protect citizens from this outrageous spot-zoning and which
prohibit Nexus from building in the R1 neighborhood.
The local government has betrayed local residents who have
lived near, worked in, shopped at, and supported the city of Onamia for most
of, if not all of their lives. And who knows? You might be their next
But then, that's just my opinion.