P.O. Box 242
Senator Robert F. Bennett
As an elected council member of Spring City and resident of the Highway 89 corridor, I request that you withhold support for S.916, the National Mormon Pioneer Heritage Area Act, until public hearings are held in every affected community and it is established that the majority desires the national heritage area designation.
Despite claims that elected representatives are 100 percent behind the designation, we find many are unaware of it or have been led to believe the decision has already been made. The majority of the public is not behind or aware of the designation. The proposed area therefore does not meet the federal criteria for heritage area designation.
My family has lived in Spring City for over 100 years. Our town already has a National Historic District designation and it has been (and still is) a source of much conflict. Many feel it has granted undue power to select groups and threatened property rights.
An active minority wants our local economy to be totally dependent on the federal government. Putting our remaining private lands under a designation involving the National Park Service, National Forest Service, and Department of the Interior, whether as regulatory, advisory, or funding bodies, will further that end contrary to our local will.
J. Boyd Mickel