To: Rep. Briscoe, J.,
Subject: SB 249
I am begging all of you to please look at this bill closely, and I need not say more in my appeal that SB249 not pass into law.
A very scared and unhappy constituent.
Senator Allen Christensen,
It is my understanding that you are under the impression that Ogden Canyon residence are not apposed to SB 249. Let me assure you that we are very much apposed to this bill as it is a gross misrepresentation of the very idea of eminent domain which includes "whether the property considered for eminent domain is to be used by a broad segment of the general public".
I am including the message sent by Canyon residence to all Legislative members with our views and disapproval of this bill for your review and consideration.
This message read as follows;
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Mar 7 at 6:22 PM
I am writing to request that you vote against SB 249. This bill goes against the very nature of private property rights. A trail through Ogden Canyon would simply be an extension of the existing Ogden River Parkway. It is a gross over-reach to call such a trail an "alternative transportation route". In addition, I believe many distance riders will continue to use the canyon roadway, while some recreational riders may opt to use the trail. This bill wrongly enables government officials to employ eminent domain to lengthen a walking and biking path at the expense of private property rights. Trails are a popular recreational amenity and bring tourism dollars into the area, but they certainly do not rise to the exigent circumstances that should be required to employ eminent domain. To target three specific location in all of Utah is a gross misuse of Eminent Domain. Eminent Domain is designed to enhance the good of all not just a specific group, i.e. the Trails and Pathways group.
Please vote no on SB 249.
Thank you for your time and your service in the State Legislature.
Rebecca and Richard Laperriere
675 Ogden Canyon
Having allowed this bill to pass is endangering the very rights of "the preservation of life, & liberty, & the pursuit of happiness" for those residence living in the three targeted areas of Utah.