Monday, March 03, 2008

“At the federal level, our congressional representatives need a clear message that more work is needed to stop this nonsense.”

I-69 foes go before commissioners

March 03, 2008

The Victoria Advocate
Copyright 2008

The proposed Trans-Texas Corridor/Interstate 69 through Victoria County continued to draw fire Monday.

Two people speaking independently urged the commissioners court to adopt resolutions opposing the corridor and leaving the future of the super highway to someone other than just the state government.

“Our representation at the state level needs to understand that Trans-Texas Corridor should be voted on at the local levels,” said Ken Bruns, who was speaking as an individual. “At the federal level, our congressional representatives, Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison and Rep. Ron Paul, need a clear message that more work is needed to stop this nonsense.”

Russell Pruitt, representing Citizens for Responsible Government, presented the court a copy of a resolution his group adopted unanimously. The Independent Cattlemen’s Association and the Water Research Group have also unanimously adopted it, he said.

Pruitt requested the commissioners court also approve it and he said he will present the same request to the Victoria City Council today.

It calls for Texans to contact their Austin lawmakers to adopt a constitutional amendment. That amendment would prohibit toll roads and private investments in Texas infrastructure unless approved by a two-thirds majority of voters casting ballots in November.

“We feel pretty strongly about this Trans-Texas Corridor,” Pruitt said. “We see so much bad for Texas out of this.”

County Judge Don Pozzi said even if the commissioners court wanted to, it couldn’t vote on the resolution because it hadn’t been posted on the agenda.

“We will certainly review it,” he said. “But I think it’s abundantly clear where the commissioners court stands on transportation issues in Victoria County and the state of Texas.”

The commissioners court has passed a resolution urging the Texas Department of Transportation to use as much existing right of way as possible in building the Trans-Texas Corridor highway.

David Tewes is a reporter for the Advocate. Contact him at 361-580-6515 or, or comment on this story at .

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