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Panhandle Live for Oct. 10, 2012
by Hans Fogle,posted Oct 10 2012 12:18PM
West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Robin Davis joined us this morning. She spoke about the opening of the West Virginia Business Court Division headquarters in Martinsburg tonight (Oct. 10.). Davis spoke about why the court was established and how it will work. She said she thinks it will make a big difference for businesses operating in West Virginia or who may be thinking of doing business here. Davis briefly touched on her re-election campaign at the end of the interview.
Bryan Clark also took us behind the headlines with the Spirit of Jefferson. There is an update on U.S. 340 and the Ryan's Glen subdivision in the latest issue. Mike Brust owns a home in the subdivision. He spoke about the community's efforts to either stop the road from coming through their neighborhood or at least prevent someone else from being in their position. Mike emphasized that they are not anti-340. They would just like to have had some warning. The public comment period for the plan continues through Oct. 14. You can submit a comment at the DOT website.
I have great sympathy for these folks. Eminent domain is a tool that should be used when the public good outweighs private injury by a significant margin. That said, I feel that the state should NOT pay over market value for a property like those in question. Sets a terrible (and abusable) precedent. However, the state CANNOT bankrupt these folks and destroy their credit ratings for this project. Either reroute or back-burner it. This project is just the low-hanging fruit of traffic projects in the county, anyway.