St. Clair County Board of Commissioners to discuss corridor

There are 8 comments on the The Times Herald story from Dec 1, 2011, titled St. Clair County Board of Commissioners to discuss corridor. In it, The Times Herald reports that:

The meeting is at 5:30 p.m. today in the Board of Commissioners' Room on the second floor of the County Administrative Office Building, 200 Grand River Ave., Port Huron "We want to make sure we have everything on the table -- every piece of information that is needed for the to make their decision," said Dan Casey, chief executive officer of the ... (more)

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Michael Mikolajczak

Port Huron, MI

#1 Dec 2, 2011
Dan Casey of the EDA has been traveling around having discussions on this topic. During the 5 minute break he had told me that he has been in contact with the Village of Capac with this plan.

It was stated that this plan is a result of legislation past during Gov. Granholm’s administration wanting to re-invent Michigan and promote trade with Canada.
This plan was patterned after the Wayne County Aerotropolis plan to market their area and applauded by Robert Ficano.The Michigan Renaissance Zone act was passed to create and expand certain renaissance zones is also part of this big picture.

There will be tax free zones for CERTAIN FUTURE NEW business, existing business will be excluded and will require 1,625 acres of land. Capac how did Keihin work out for you?
You can opt out BUT you must meet three (all three) requirements. You cannot opt out if it would harm the group.
A committee will be appointed and their Villages, Townships and Cities will be assigned a lot of Districts and Zones (some will be RESTRICTED). If you agree to this plan you will be locked in for 25 years
We had a citizen speak with experience as a CONTRACT LAWYER for Comerica Bank who pointed out several problems written into this contract and specifically mentioned the importance of what is NOT Written into this contract.
Her job was to prevent lawsuits due to contract language and she would be fired if she approved such an OPEN ENDED Contract
Attorney Fletcher disagrees and says if this plan would hurt the County he wouldn’t be encouraging the County to join. But testimony presented would not support his view. COMMISSIONER FLUSHING also addressed his concerns and said the way it is worded today he could NOT support this plan.
This plan would possibility create jobs and encourage poorer counties to compete with richer counties to attract new business. THIS IS JUST PITING AMERICAN AGAINST AMERICAN.
When pressed, Dan could not give a specific number of jobs and said a study has not been completed. Also there was no Economic Impact Study conducted on this issue for this area.Types of jobs POSSIBLY created could be warehouse, truck driver and stuff like that
PLEASE ATTEND THE VILLAGE OF CAPAC COUNCIL MEETING DECV. 7TH. AT 7 PM
Michael Mikolajczak

Port Huron, MI

#2 Dec 2, 2011
Michael Mikolajczak wrote:
Dan Casey of the EDA has been traveling around having discussions on this topic. During the 5 minute break he had told me that he has been in contact with the Village of Capac with this plan.
It was stated that this plan is a result of legislation past during Gov. Granholm’s administration wanting to re-invent Michigan and promote trade with Canada.
This plan was patterned after the Wayne County Aerotropolis plan to market their area and applauded by Robert Ficano.The Michigan Renaissance Zone act was passed to create and expand certain renaissance zones is also part of this big picture.
There will be tax free zones for CERTAIN FUTURE NEW business, existing business will be excluded and will require 1,625 acres of land. Capac how did Keihin work out for you?
You can opt out BUT you must meet three (all three) requirements. You cannot opt out if it would harm the group.
A committee will be appointed and their Villages, Townships and Cities will be assigned a lot of Districts and Zones (some will be RESTRICTED). If you agree to this plan you will be locked in for 25 years
We had a citizen speak with experience as a CONTRACT LAWYER for Comerica Bank who pointed out several problems written into this contract and specifically mentioned the importance of what is NOT Written into this contract.
Her job was to prevent lawsuits due to contract language and she would be fired if she approved such an OPEN ENDED Contract
Attorney Fletcher disagrees and says if this plan would hurt the County he wouldn’t be encouraging the County to join. But testimony presented would not support his view. COMMISSIONER FLUSHING also addressed his concerns and said the way it is worded today he could NOT support this plan.
This plan would possibility create jobs and encourage poorer counties to compete with richer counties to attract new business. THIS IS JUST PITING AMERICAN AGAINST AMERICAN.
When pressed, Dan could not give a specific number of jobs and said a study has not been completed. Also there was no Economic Impact Study conducted on this issue for this area.Types of jobs POSSIBLY created could be warehouse, truck driver and stuff like that
PLEASE ATTEND THE VILLAGE OF CAPAC COUNCIL MEETING DECV. 7TH. AT 7 PM
Corrected to read - COMMISSIONER DAN RUSHING
Michael Mikolajczak

Port Huron, MI

#4 Dec 7, 2011
Michael Mikolajczak wrote:
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Corrected to read - COMMISSIONER DAN RUSHING
The issue will be on the agenda once again on:

Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011.
Meeting begins at 6:00 p.m.
At the St. Clair County Administration Building, 2nd floor

St. Clair County residents can speak by filling out a card just prior to the meeting and turning it in to the Chair of the BOC, Jeff Bohm.
Please if you can attend or forward on to someone you know who can attend..It is your vote they are about to cast
You may not know it but this is one issue that could change your life for the next 25 years. The Village of Capac will follow on December 19th.
Michael Mikolajczak

Capac, MI

#5 Dec 14, 2011
Michael Mikolajczak wrote:
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The issue will be on the agenda once again on:
Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011.
Meeting begins at 6:00 p.m.
At the St. Clair County Administration Building, 2nd floor
St. Clair County residents can speak by filling out a card just prior to the meeting and turning it in to the Chair of the BOC, Jeff Bohm.
Please if you can attend or forward on to someone you know who can attend..It is your vote they are about to cast
You may not know it but this is one issue that could change your life for the next 25 years. The Village of Capac will follow on December 19th.
The I-69 International Trade Corridor has passed the St. Clair County Board of Commissioners, by a vote of 5-2, but can still be put up to a vote of the people. Please read the reasons to put this before a vote of the entire county. Go to www.stclaircountygop.com , read the three paragraphs and if you agree with me, click to request a petition. This proposal has been rushed through and will have implications on our community for many years to come.
Give the people a chance to learn about it, and perhaps to delay, change or cancel it.
Michael Mikolajczak

Capac, MI

#6 Dec 14, 2011
Michael Mikolajczak wrote:
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The I-69 International Trade Corridor has passed the St. Clair County Board of Commissioners, by a vote of 5-2, but can still be put up to a vote of the people. Please read the reasons to put this before a vote of the entire county. Go to www.stclaircountygop.com , read the three paragraphs and if you agree with me, click to request a petition. This proposal has been rushed through and will have implications on our community for many years to come.
Give the people a chance to learn about it, and perhaps to delay, change or cancel it.
Mussey Township decided not to spend a lot of time on this I-69 issue.
We will not get involved at this time and Mussey is just a drop in the
bucket, we don’t see any benefit joining.

Capac will take it up on December 19th - 7 pm at the American Legion
Please attend this meeting
Michael Mikolajczak

Capac, MI

#7 Dec 15, 2011
Michael Mikolajczak wrote:
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Mussey Township decided not to spend a lot of time on this I-69 issue.
We will not get involved at this time and Mussey is just a drop in the
bucket, we don’t see any benefit joining.
Capac will take it up on December 19th - 7 pm at the American Legion
Please attend this meeting
Action Alert! Your right to vote non-partisan

The I-69 International Trade Corridor has passed the St. Clair County Board of Commissioners, by a vote of 5-2, but can still be put up to a vote of the people. Please read the reasons to put this before a vote of the entire county.
Go to www.stclaircountygop.com , read the three paragraphs and if you agree with me, we are looking for names and contact information of people willing to sign the petition.(We were not recruiting petition carriers although we could use some),
If there is more than one registered voter (18 or older) in a household, each should sign up. We need 4,500 names and email addresses!

This proposal has been rushed through and will have implications on our community for many years to come.

Give the people a chance to learn about it, and perhaps to delay, change or cancel it.

Also, if you agree that this proposal should be put to a vote, then forward this email to several of your friends that live in St. Clair County. We need to collect about 4,500 valid signatures in just 45 days.

Thanks!

Michael Mikolajczak
Precinct Delegate Capac/Mussey
capactownhall@aol.com

Michael Mikolajczak

Port Huron, MI

#9 Jan 5, 2012
Michael Mikolajczak wrote:
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Mussey Township decided not to spend a lot of time on this I-69 issue.
We will not get involved at this time and Mussey is just a drop in the
bucket, we don’t see any benefit joining.
Capac will take it up on December 19th - 7 pm at the American Legion
Please attend this meeting
YOUR I-69 CONTRACT HARD AT WORK:
Times Herald Thursday January 5, 2012
The St. Clair County Economic Development Alliance is standing by its decision to have a Rochester Hills company create three Internet databases despite complaints from some residents angry an agency charged with bringing business to the county went outside the county with a $30,000 contract.
An employment database, a business-to-business portal and entrepreneurial resource database went live in recent months as part of a $30,000 contract with MVS Consulting of Rochester Hills. Dan Casey, the alliance's chief executive officer, said MVS Consulting modified its version of an employment database and created the other two databases as part of the contract. The company also will host and complete ongoing maintenance for a year on the websites.
Michael Mikolajczak

Port Huron, MI

#10 Jan 14, 2012
http://www.corridorwatch.org/ttc/index.htm
We hope government officials at both the federal and state level will carefully study the RiskMetrics report. As we all know tremendous pressure is being applied by the Federal Highway Administration to push state government into public-private partnerships deals, partnerships we fear will lead to disaster. We also hope this report will give rise to a greater examination of the financial impact these partnerships will have on the public. Special caution must be exercised to ensure that public infrastructure such has highways, rails, and utilities serve the public interest above any private interest.

http://transportationnation.org/2011/09/27/ri...
Eventually, Perry will be asked to defend his Trans-Texas Corridor program, an infrastructure initiative that was expensive, disruptive to private property, and proposed at least partly in the name of facilitating NAFTA trade (though not, as some protesters would have it, part of a plot to dissolve America’s borders).

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