2009-05-21 / Local & State

Flight 93 Memorial Member Resigns Over Land Issue

SOMERSET, Pa. (AP) - A member of a commission helping to organize a Flight 93 memorial has resigned because of the government's plan to take property owners' land in southwestern Pennsylvania for the project.

Somerset County Commissioner Pamela Tokar-Ickes says she doesn't support using eminent domain.

The National Park Service says it must acquire the land so the memorial can be built by the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks.

The park service says it's been unsuccessful in negotiations, but property owners maintain negotiations haven't happened. Under eminent domain, the value will be decided in court.

Flight 93 Advisory Commission chairman John Reynolds says he's saddened by Tokar-Ickes' resignation and that she served well.

The commission makes recommendations about the memorial.

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