The attached note was presented at the annual Section Meeting of the State and Local Government Law Section of the ABA in April. Finally, review is to be made of what is a conundrum affecting basic Due Process rights!
The Saginaw Trail Pipeline offers have been sitting out there for up to two years on a number of property offers. When the acquisition agents decided that they could not offer less than the minimum just compensation allowed under the law, often the acquisition people just moved back from the offers and deferred filing cases.
Now, we are at the point where the property is really needed to complete the project. This is the point in which people who have stated they are being offered inadequate just compensation either receive another offer or may deal with the lawyers in the next few months. There are situations in which the minimum offer finally made is indeed the minimum that must be paid under the law…. the appraised amount. In other cases, the right of way agents are losing the “bite” of their threats if people have to go to court. But at least we can be aware that the efforts to acquire are being reinitiated for the Saginaw Valley Pipeline, even where not the amount of just compensation that is owing.
Many colleges and universities already have MOUs in place with local law enforcement authorities covering a variety of areas. Our conversations with campus administrators, campus police, and law enforcement have underscored the need for additional tools and strategies that are specifically tailored to the dynamics of sexual assault on campus, as well as the needs of sexual assault survivors. The task force is providing this sample MOU with that in mind.