In her draft minutes from the City Council meeting Tuesday, City Clerk Renata McLoed provides this discussion between Councilmen Mike Kennedy and Ron Edinger re: the purchase of Person and Bryan playfields for $750,000 from the School District:
"Councilman Kennedy stated that he does not like the way the acquisition of the fields came about and that this could be in litigation for years if the City Council does not move forward with the purchase. He believes the Council has debated the purchase long enough and the goal has been to keep this land in public ownership. He believes that the Finance Department can figure out how to allocate the resources so that the City Council can do the right thing by the taxpayer tonight. Councilman Edinger stated that he would vote against the motion because he believes that the Agreement from 1995 was for the betterment of the School District and the City would be paying for something that it already owns. Additionally, he thinks $750,000 is too much and that $2.00 per sq. ft. is a better price." Complete draft minutes here.
- Also: City agrees to buy Person/Bryan playfields for $750,000/Tom Hasslinger, Press
Question: Do you believe, as Councilman Edinger does, that the city was forced to buy a green-space that it had given to the School District to help it meet accreditation requirements in 1995?