After attending numerous Stearns County Board of Commissioners’ meetings and one Sartell gathering to inform the public about the CR 133 realignment plan, there are a few missing facts that need to be noted or reiterated.
There were four routes that were addressed after an extensive study to determine the best outcome for the beltway around Sartell. None of the studies included a safety or environmental study when in fact three of the four routes impacted wetlands. Repayment of $270,000, secured by a grant was in play if nothing was to be done vs. $2,300,000 for Option C, which was a cost projection only.
LeSauk Township, some of whose land was to be forfeited for the project, strongly opposed any alternative route, and Option C would have taken a home by eminent domain. Citizens voiced their opinions which at many times went unheard. Hopefully soon our government officials will realize they work for “We the People.”