I am very angry about the way the county is treating the families featured in the article “Family plans to fight losing cherished land,” in the July 16 issue of the MDJ. These families have owned their property for decades, and the county commissioners voted unanimously to condemn it, so that some of them have to find somewhere else to live.
I was especially angered by the quote from Commissioner Lisa Cupid that this condemnation didn’t give her “any particular pause” when she and the other four commissioners unanimously approved the decision. I believe that all of the commissioners should make the effort to at least go to the property and meet the people who will be so tragically effected by their vote before they vote to condemn somebody else’s property! If it was their own family’s property, they would probably give a lot more consideration and “pause” for it!
The commissioners seem to think it’s all a matter of how much they can negotiate as a fair price for the property; however, nothing will ever be able to truly replace this property that has been in these families for generations. These people never wanted to leave, and the commissioners are forcing them to leave, only because their property fits into a government “conceptual plan.”
Why couldn’t this plan be altered, instead of snatching property from people who have lived in Cobb County, and probably paid Cobb County taxes, all of their lives?