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Letter: Halt plans for rail development

By Anne Brock, Brush Prairie
Published: May 23, 2023, 6:00am

It’s so disheartening to see some of the county councilors — led by Gary Medvigy — push for industrial development along the rail line. We don’t need heavy industry in the county. Also, over the last 10 years, the county has allowed housing developments right next to the rail line — to now allow multiple trains a day to run along the tracks next to them would be ridiculous.

Also, ignoring state law to extend sewer service would seem to set the county up for a lot of lawsuits.

Councilors Medvigy and Karen Bowerman say it’s “too early” for an economic study. Well, many of us say that the economic study needs to be done to see if the benefits to the county outweigh the many negatives, before the project is so far along they say they can’t stop it.

Better yet, the plan needs to be dropped. It’s not needed. It’s not wanted. Stop wasting the county’s time and resources trying to push it through.

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