Larry E. Milton
Bill Hill Jr.
Questions for the
Onamia City Council
Who is the current Onamia City Planning Coordinator
and what are his or her qualifications and duties?
Without a current city plan, is the Onamia City
Planning Coordinator adhering to the rules set in “Growth Management
System for City of Onamia” set forth by the East Central Regional
Development Commission, and published in 1978, especially in regards to
zoning and annexation, which clearly prohibit you from doing exactly what
you are attempting to do in this aggressive Bradbury annexation/rezoning
Who is responsible for the decision for Mille Lacs
Academy, a juvenile sex offender treatment facility owned by the Nexus
Corporation to relocate onto 38 acres in Bradbury Township?
City of Onamia representatives totally disregarded
the citizens of Bradbury Township prior to signing a purchase agreement;
no contact with any member of the Bradbury Township Board, the owners of
three day-care centers in the vicinity, adjacent land owners, or any
neighbors. We found out about it only if we happened upon an article
written by Bob Statz in the April 18 edition of the Mille Lacs Messenger
entitled, Nexus finds new home in Onamia. Why were Bradbury
residents denied any knowledge of what the mayor and council intended to
do to our township?
What was the role of the Mille Lacs Area Community
Development in finding a new location for the Nexus institution?
Who is the President of the CDC?
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Please explain the incongruity of the City Council
Minutes with regards to Nexus. Why are there minutes from Friday, February
16 inserted into the Wednesday February 14 report?
Why are our copies of the official City Council
Meeting Minutes unsigned?
Where are the City Council Minutes and tape
recordings for closed meetings, including negotiations, as mandated by the
Minnesota Open Meeting Law [Minn. Stat. 13D.05 Subd 3]?
There are two Bye properties. Which was discussed in
the February Minutes, and where is it located?
The March 1 City Council Minutes discuss the
purchase of the Vanderpoel property as well as other property options,
however there is no mention at all of any properties owned by Steve Bye.
Yet, in the March 14 Minutes, it is recorded that “Council agreed that
City will pay all expenses incurred for Bye property annexation.” Does
this still refer to property in Onamia Township?
Where is the money coming from to pay all expenses
for annexation, and why isn’t Nexus, which has a $38 Million budget per
year paying anything?
The purchase of the Steve and Loretta Bye 38 acres
was announced in the April 11 Minutes. When and where did negotiations
take place regarding this property?
How many closed meetings took place between February
14 and April 11, 2007?
Where are the Minutes and tape recordings from open
and/or closed meetings which discussed the purchase of the 38 acres in
Bradbury Township, as mandated by the Minnesota Open Meeting Law [Minn.
Stat. 13D.05 Subd 3]?
In the April 18 issue of the Mille Lacs Messenger,
Bob Statz mis-reported that 140 Nexus jobs were being saved. Kevin
Anderson later raised that figure to 170 jobs. In the May 16 issue of the
Messenger, Vivian Clark also mis-reported the number of jobs as 121,
following with a breakdown of the communities where staff resides. Her
list, however, added up to only 95 jobs. Including the 15 employees
Dellececca, the Executive Administrator of the Mille Lacs Academy said
would be terminated at privatization, it still comes to only 110 jobs.
None were reported as living in Onamia. Dellacecca, reported only 30
employees in our surrounding communities. The question is: 170, 140, 121,
110, 95, 30 or some other random number, how many jobs were Steve and
Loretta Bye told they would be responsible for losing if they did not sell
his 38 acres to the city for the displaced Academy boys?
NOTE: According to Minnesota State Laws, if there
have been any misrepresentation or improprieties in the law, including the
Open Meeting Law, a purchase agreement is immediately null and void. The
“done deal” is undone.
Was the Bye 38 acres ever listed on the open market?
Did Steve Bye initiate petitioning for annexation on
his own volition, or was he approached by agents of the City Council?
Who negotiated the deal with the Byes?
Who wrote up the purchase agreement?
Did the Byes have legal representation present when
they signed the purchase agreement, and if so, who?
Bye’s 38 acres is currently assessed at a market
value of $48,500. Purchasing it at $3900 per acre, it is now valued at a
level different from similar property in the area. With the purchase
price of $150,000, how does the City of Onamia explain and justify paying
more than three times its assessed value?
Where is this money coming from?
What price has Nexus agreed to pay for this
Why is the City of Onamia also “earmarking” $50,000
from their economic development fund to “help get the construction project
off the ground”?
What is the total amount of taxpayer dollars that
the Onamia mayor and city council will be handing out for the Nexus
We have been told time and time again that this is a
“done deal” and there is nothing that we can do about it. What was your
motivation in misleading the community to believe that this deal had
already been finalized?
Minnesota Statute 274.13 Subdivision1. (7.)
[concerning the county board]“The board does not have authority to grant an
exemption or to order property removed from the tax rolls.”