Commissioners Take Action Against HSR

Leon County Commissioners met Monday, August 15th, for a special called meeting to take steps to slow down progress of the High Speed Rail (HSR) project. All commissioners were present. Leon County Judge Byron Ryder presided.

Commissioners signed a motion to establish a policy to prohibit, restrict, and/or regulate crossings of county right-of-ways by any high speed rail lines or facilities. ?This is a measure that other rural counties who are also against the HSR are doing,? said Ryder. ?Texas Central will have to prove they have eminent domain to be able to cross right-of-ways, and so far they haven?t been able to prove they have it.?

Commissioner Dean Stanford said, ?I get calls from property owners regularly who have told the HSR people that they don?t have permission to be on their property, and they come on anyway. Or they park on the side of the road and come onto the property.?

The HSR people are trying to do surveys without getting on private property where they have been told by the landowner that they do not have permission to enter. Commissioner Joey Sullivan said, ?The property owners should call the sheriff?s department. They can put a stop to it.?

In other business, the court voted to remove the burn ban effective immediately.

Commissioner David Ferguson asked to go out for bids on work he is planning for County Road 275. Plans are to widen CR 275. Ferguson said the fences will have to be taken down and then reset, and one cattle guard will need to be reset. This request was approved.