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Gainesville Reporter Article about the Trans Texas Corridor Meeting July 10- (Cooke County)

14 July 2006 at 10:00:00 AM

Gainesville Register- They had so many people that they had to block the entrance after capacity filled

W.F. White, a Callisburg area resident, was one of a few speakers who was concerned about the division of the Callisburg ISD. He said local governments may have to take out a bond to build a bridge over TTC-35, which could cost $2.5 to $4.5 million.

“In other words, the county may have to spend $9 million just to build a couple of bridges,” he said.

Other speakers concerned for the Callisburg ISD included Chad Baldwin, Paul Hutchison and Laura Stiles.

White said if the Gainesville area becomes an “inland port” for the TTC paths, “get ready for an even greater influx of illegal workers.”

Looks like others besides me noticed the rent-a-cops that are there at the meetings

Steven Harlow, a Gainesville rancher, took some shots at TxDOT.

“You state boys really impress me with the show of law enforcement here,” Harlow said, noting the presence of several Texas Department of Public Safety officers present.

He asked where fuel tax money is going, and called the TTC projects “these Great Walls of China.”

Harlow, an active Republican, called for Perry’s impeachment and called the plan “treason.”

Bill Freeman, Cooke County Judge, said it was strange speaking to the court reporter with his back turned to the audience.

“I feel like I’m driving a school bus here, but I sure enjoy my passengers,” he said.

Go read the whole thing-many reasons why TTC stinks.

And this from the Sherman Herald-Democrat

Fannin and Cooke County residents made clear their position on the proposed Trans-Texas Corridor at public meetings in Gainesville and Bonham Monday and Tuesday nights.

The consensus was almost unanimous: the TTC-35 is not welcome in both places. Moderated by Texas Department of Transportation representatives, the meeting provided an opportunity for members of the public who voiced their concerns through public testimony, online submission, through a court reporter, or in writing. The public meetings were part of 55 informal, question-and-answer sessions to be held in affected cities along Interstate-35, the proposed route of TTC-35. Only two people of the 50 that spoke in Gainesville Monday night supported the TTC-35. None of the public comments in Fannin County were in favor of the proposed plan.


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