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Sensata workers want former workplace condemned

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Sensata workers and supporters make a bold request in front of Freeport city leaders; they want their former workplace condemned.

 The group thinks that city council can save their jobs by doing this.  Sensata spokesman, Tom Gaulrapp, says eminent domain is being seen more in public benefit situations. 

He says that if the condemnation created jobs, eminent domain would work. 

 But Freeport Mayor George Gaulrapp says it wouldn't work fiscally for the city and no one wants government in business. 

 He is offering services to Sensata workers losing their jobs.  Gaulrapp says city staff is available to help with resume writing and finding leads on employment.

 "Yes, it would be fantastic to keep the jobs here but we've got to be realistic.  Do people really want government in business?  Do you want your government buying a business, running a business and competing against people on an unfair playing field?"

 Gaulrapp says the condemnation would cost the city of Freeport over 150 million dollars.

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