Met Council must be accountable on Southwest LRT

  • Article by: Jenifer Loon
  • Updated: September 6, 2013 - 8:28 PM

This powerful, unelected body needs to work closely with local officials on the problematic Southwest Corridor project.

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cjkmyersSep. 6, 13 8:26 PM

Ms. Loon: Great article. I agree with your beliefs about the MET Council. I agree that they should be elected. I would like to point out that the proposal in Minneapolis is NOT a residential area, but rather a rail transit corridor. In St. Louis Park, the prososal is NEW construction through a school playground, a residential area and a business district. Thank you Ms. Loon for keepingn a spotlight on these two issues(The MET Council & the SWLRT)

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patwellsSep. 6, 13 8:36 PM

The Met Council has been criticized by the Legislative Auditor for being undemocratic. The Met Council is insensitive because it is ignoring the opposition of key legislators and of the cities involved. The Met Council is driven by the bureaucratic goals of getting the job done at any social cost. The value of the existing St. Louis Park community and schools is proven. The benefits of rerouting freight and destroying the St. Louis Park community are speculative.

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redkayakSep. 6, 1310:02 PM

It's time to fire the met council. If they don't care what the public thinks, we shouldn't care about what they think. Take their power away now!

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jbpaperSep. 6, 1310:23 PM

"Met Council must be accountable on Southwest LRT"----- I had to laugh when I read that headline. We all know that they won't be held accountable.

This is another great example of the problems with government. What starts out as a great idea, a council to handle metro wide sewer and water, grows into an enormous agency with way too much power and way too little accountability.

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wingophersSep. 7, 13 1:27 AM

The Met Council has no accountability. Governor Dayton when selecting Met Council seat appointments never interviewed finalists and basically let it up to the Met Council Chair (Sue Haigh) and Dayton's Chief of Staff Tina Smith. How can the Council be held accountable when the appointing authority takes no interest and the State Senate rubber stamps the appointments?

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polymath234Sep. 7, 13 4:35 AM

@cjkmeyers: I am startled to learn that I live in a rail transit corridor. I could have SWORN I lived in a residential area. A residential area about which I care very much. Probably at least as much as you care about your residential neighborhood.

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texas_technomanSep. 7, 13 7:46 AM

Ms. Loon, I too share your concern regarding un-elected officials. Look at the mess Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld, two other un-elected officials, got us into in Iraq.

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bleavitSep. 7, 13 8:19 AM

Polymath, I think the point cjkmeyers was making was that the SW LRT will be constructed on land currently owned by Hennepin County Railroad Authority and BNSF. If the proposed reroute of freight in SLP happens it will be on land currently owned by businesses, residents and the school district.

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yosemite73Sep. 7, 1310:02 AM

Abolish the Met Council. No taxation without representation!

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liveswellSep. 7, 1310:32 AM

Let's be clear, no one is suggesting that all rail be removed from the Kenilworth Greenway. It does have an intended use for transit rail, NOT FREIGHT. However the freight rail tracks in St. Louis Park have the purpose for FREIGHT. BUT, the Greenway also serves many purposes, and yes, it does run directly through residential and park areas. Yes, children play in the Greenway, ride their bikes and cross tracks to get to parkland and some even sleep in homes a very short distance from the tracks. Minneapolis children die in the same manner as St. Louis Park children do. So maybe, if St. Louis Park really cared about children's safety they would not be trying so hard to colocate the LRT and freight in a narrow Greenway. They would be fighting to get freight out of both the Greenway and St. Louis Park, but they are not.

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