Trans Texas Corridor- So.. How Much Does it Cost to Have a Hearing Where Citizen's Input is Not Considered? Somervell County Salon-Glen Rose, Rainbow, Nemo, Glass....Texas


Trans Texas Corridor- So.. How Much Does it Cost to Have a Hearing Where Citizen's Input is Not Considered?

21 August 2006 at 7:57:15 AM

At more than one hearing, people would make comments that, first, because TxDot was not there to answer questions, second, politicians were stacked to be first in line to speak (after which most of them would beat feet for the door, thus not hearing any of their consitutuents opinions), that the TTC meetings are a dog and pony show simply to lay out what is GOING to happen and not because TxDot or anyone associated with passing this travesty cares.

Rick Perry confirmed that last week.

The purpose of the hearings was to solicit public input on the Trans Texas Corridor, but now Perry says the purpose was actually something else entirely.
"If anyone has a better plan, those hearings were the place to lay them out," Perry said, adding that he didn't hear any 'better plans' specified.

Would have been hard for him to hear any "better plans", number one, because Guess Who was Glaringly Missing From ANY Meetings. Same article shows that he's determined to move forward with the TTC no maater what.. Unless, of course, We VOTE HIM OUT.

Jware sent me an email in which she details the cost of these dog and pony shows.


On page 327 of this 377 page document is "List of Agencies, Organizations and Persons Whom Copies Of The Tier One Draft Environmental Impact Statement Are Sent". I hand counted 1315 copies sent out. I was told they each received all 7 [seven] volumes of the hardcopy DEIS plus the 3 cd-rom set. The Executive Summary is included in the 4 volume set and is not a seperate document. This total (1315) does NOT include all the TxDOT offices that got copies as well (126).

Just look at who received the DEIS: Army, Navy, Air Force; Arkansas DOT, Louisiana DOT, New Mexico DOT, Oklahoma DOT; Indian Tribes in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Kansas; Three States in Mexico plus Mexico Federal Ministry of Transportation.

Each 4 volume hardcopy set weighs 17 pounds and costs $273.07. The additional 3 volume appendices weighs 15 pounds and costs $109.44. The 3 cd-rom set weighs 7 ounces and costs $13.28. That is a total of 32 pounds

7 ounces at a cost of $395.79. Now let's mail this box to 1441 addresses.

Let's assume all fit into one big box:

32 pounds 7 ounces shipped at once

Parcel Post = $10.22 + $395.79 = $405.01 Priority Mail = $21.75 + $395.79 = $417.54 Express Mail = $76.15 + $395.79 = $471.04

Now we multiply this total times 1441

Parcel Post = 1441 x $405.01 = $583,619.41 Priority Mail = 1441 x $417.54 = $601,675.14 Express Mail = 1441 x $471.04 = $678,768.64

Average: $631,194.025 {let's just say $600,000}

I have not verified but I would bet a TON of money that Express Mail was used exclusively. You may call a library and ask the person in charge to verify that was how it was sent to them if you want. Regardless, the total is astounding. Attached to receipt is official TTC business card you can use to verify.

Let's not forget that this does not include any of the

57 Public Hearings this year. This does not include any of the paid newspaper advertisements they published. How many tens of thousands of Comment Cards did they print? How many brochures did they print that they passed out at signup? Hom many copies of the 12 alternative maps brochure did they print? How many TxDOT Right of Way and Relocation Assistance brochures did they print? What about the Myth brochure that appeared after the original hearings? These meetings were AFTER HOURS so how much did TxDOT get paid for overtime to attend these meetings? {I know one person was paid $12 an hour to work these meetings as an intern} How much did it cost to host the 2005 public hearings and the 2004 public hearings? The final DEIS will probably be sent to these same 1441 recipients when it is finished later this year. That DOUBLES the figures above if the final DEIS is indeed sent out. I don't know why it wouldn't be as the final is more important than any before it. That's $1.2 million just for the Environmental Impact Statement alone!

54 Public Hearings turn into 57

two in Gainesville

two in San Antonio

one Rockwall added

[did I miss any additions?]

How many MILLIONS has the taxpayer been charged to hold hearings where their input is not, was not and never will be even considered the last 3-4 years? Bare minimum I would estimate at around $5-10 million. Why hold PUBLIC hearings if you are not even going to consider the PUBLIC but only POLITICAL opinions expressed during these 57 hearings? These hearings should have been called "Push The Loop Hearings"!

Adding that Ric Williamson also echoed Perry's point of view that citizens of this state were wasting their time when they attended the TxDot meetings, because of the determination of the greedy to push TTC no matter what.

Ric Williamson, chairman of the Texas Transportation Commission and a longtime Perry ally, was asked recently at a briefing for transportation reporters whether the corridor road can or should be built, given the collective thumbs down at the hearings.

Yes, Williamson and agency officials said. The transportation needs of the state trump such opposition.

"The purpose of the public hearings is not to take a poll or survey or to estimate the supporters or detractors," Williamson said.

True. That poll will occur Nov. 7.

Amazing how shameless Perry and Williamson are to brazenly show their contempt for the democratic process in all this. First, they sneak in this shameful assault on Texans, including no public discussions BEFORE TTC, including the plan to make majorroads into tolls from now on. Then, they sneer at people who do attend the meetings as not being representative of the public. Well, I can tell you in my county a lot of people either have never heard of TTC or don't know what it is. Once they hear that Perry has plans to take people's land for a toll road to be run by a private company from Spain, they have, every one, been appalled.

And imagine spending ALL THIS MONEY for TXDot, not truly for citizen input, but because it's a selling snow job that hasn't work out like Perry wants.

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