Friday, July 06, 2001

Group hopes suit is roadblock to road




By David Eck
Enquirer Contributor

        HAMILTON — A group fighting a proposed road through Millikin Woods filed suit in federal court this week asking a judge to stop the project.

        The suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Cincinnati on Thursday, maintains that neither Hamilton nor Ohio — both of which have earmarked money for the project — has obtained necessary permission from the U.S Department of the Interior to build the road.

        “We're putting up as many obstacles as we can,” said Chris Pagan, attorney for the Millikin Woods Preservation Association. “We have two irons in the fire.”

        City officials said they have always intended to seek the Department of the Interior's approval for the project.

        “We're not going to violate any federal regulations,” City Manager Steve Sorrell said.

        “That really wasn't an issue with us.”

        Permission from the Interior Department is required because the city in 1980 used $66,225 in federal money to repair the 47-acre park.

        Mr. Sorrell said he doesn't think the city will have a problem.

        “At this point our law director believes that what (preservationists are) doing isn't going to achieve their goals,” he said.

        The group is preparing petitions to put a charter change on the November ballot over the issue.

       



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