March 4, 2002
What selective memories our county commissioners have.
They remember that there was an easement at Stillwater that dramatically reduces the value of the adjacent lot owned by the daughter of Fritz Benedict, the person who gave them the land for employee housing.
However, they conveniently forget that the land they want to build on had a building envelope that their staff had recommended and they approved. If they would stay within the building envelope the easement would present no problem.
Their staff recommended that all building be kept away from the river and they voted for that restriction. Now they want to ignore this and build right up to the river.
Their staff prohibited cutting the trees but now they ignore this.
This flagrant disregard for not only the spirit but the letter of Fritz’s gift will certainly deter other residents from making million-dollar donations to the county.
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