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Unhappy with county trails committee make-up

To the Editor:
As a resident of Stewart, I am unhappy with how the membership of the McLeod County Trails Committee was selected. As I understand it, each county commissioner selected two people to represent his district on the committee, and the townships selected one person to represent the townships on the committee. The committee is tasked to arrive at a consensus for what trail needs we as a county want to spend money on, if any.
Third District Commissioner Paul Wright selected former Hutchinson Mayor Steve Cook and current Hutchinson City Council Member Bill Arndt to serve on this committee. Both men are trail enthusiasts. Both are involved with Hutchinson city government. I suggest that rather than representing the Third District’s interests, these men represent the interests of Hutchinson city government’s biking enthusiasts. They have an agenda to expand the trail system, and they want the county taxpayer to foot the bill.
We deserve fair representation, not a stacked committee that is pursuing its own agenda at the county taxpayers’ expense.
Taxpayers just paid millions to pave the Luce Line Trail that frankly does not do anything for most of the county, including Stewart. This includes the county down payment of $500,000 spent a few years ago. It seems like people in government forget how difficult it is for some of us to make ends meet, and wasting our tax money is extremely offensive.
Hutchinson trail enthusiasts may cheer for another paved bike trail, but this won’t do anything for the majority of the county in the rural districts. We need a commissioner who represents his district overall … not just the city of Hutchinson’s well-connected trail enthusiasts.
Kevin Masrud
Stewart