Group fights eminent domain: Bridgeton NJ News, 10/14/06

By Jaime Marine

A petition looking to ban the use of eminent domain for private purposes within the city [of Millville] is now being circulated by local watchdog group Millville First.

"The petitions are out and doing very well," member Emil Van Hook said Friday.

He said over 100 petitions, each with 12 signature slots on them, are currently being passed around the city.

The group hopes to get at least 2,000 signatures.

The petition would be given to the city clerk once the proper number of signatures are obtained, in hopes commissioners would pass the ordinance banning eminent domain for the benefit of a private developer or private development.

If the ordinance is not adopted by commission, the petition calls for the matter to go before the public in the form of a ballot question.

The group needs at least 15 percent of voters who voted in the last general election, meaning they need at least 1,730 signatures of city residents.

Van Hook noted this number could change with the upcoming election.

"We are confident we will be able to get the number," he said.

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