Thursday, December 24, 2009

Senator seeks reassurance feds won't condemn land

Senator seeks reassurance feds won't condemn land

By Dionesis Tamondong • Pacific Daily News • December 24, 2009

Sen. Judith Guthertz yesterday followed up her letter to the Joint Guam Program Office seeking clarification on whether the federal government may condemn private or local government property to acquire buildup-related land.

Guthertz, chairwoman of the Legislature's Committee on the Guam Buildup, again asked retired Marine Major Gen. David Bice, JGPO executive director, to reassure her that landtakings through condemnation and eminent domain won't be a "prominent feature of the military buildup."

The senator earlier this month introduced a legislative resolution declaring the island's strong opposition to the federal government condemning any land for the planned military buildup.

The Department of Defense is seeking to acquire at least 2,200 acres of non-federal land for the buildup, according to the draft Environmental Impact Statement. For example, between 1,100 acres and 1,800 acres along Route 15 in Mangilao and Yigo are needed for the proposed firing range.

A public hearing on Resolution 258 is scheduled for 9 a.m. Dec. 29 in the Legislature's public hearing room.

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