Early Voting Has Started for the Special Election … Duncanville Library, James Collins Blvd
The Wintergreen Road Project is an important project for Duncanville. Duncanville assumes no costs for this project.
The property owner opposing the project has suggested that his land, even his home, is being taken. Not True Fact is Dallas County’s first step would be to make him an offer for merely 5% of his horse pasture land that is needed. His land totals approximately 5 1/2 acres. The property owner was well aware of this project prior to his purchase of the property and openly admitted such in city council chambers and even signing an acknowledgment of such when he purchased the property.
Eminent Domain has not been initiated nor even suggested and is not the issue of this election. The County has yet to make the property owner an offer, which historically is more than fair market value.
Here are some reasons to support this project:
•Approved Dallas County project (ten years in the planning process)
•Approved Best Southwest partnership
•Duncanville City Council approved at no cost to the City
•All other Best Southwest Cities have approved
•Improved traffic safety and connections to the Best Southwest Cities
•Property owners knew of the proposed project at time of purchase
•YOUR Dallas County taxes at work for you and not another city
•This is not a vote for Eminent Domain
The temporary Wintergreen Road section was constructed in 1991 realizing that the realignment was a future requirement. This is a proper and necessary project.
The degree of opposition to the project is difficult to understand. Some of those opposing this project would use such phrases as “seize” or “take” a person’s property. This is not the case. No property is being seized or taken. This is a normal process existing in law and our culture for many, many years. Without this process many of our highways, roads, railways and public facilities would not exist. When our governing authorities buy any land for public purposes, it makes an offer to the landowner. It then becomes the landowner’s choice to accept or negotiate the offer, or reject the offer thereby necessitating the use of Eminent Domain by the authority.
This was a major item of discussion during the May 2013 elections. The newly elected members to the city council supported this project during the election process and voted to approve this partnership with Dallas County. A vote FOR means much needed improvements will be done to this dangerous intersection.
Early voting is October 21 through November 1 at the Duncanville Library. Final election will occur on 5 November at your normal precinct voting location.