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Person Field Meeting Has Begun

The showdown between the Coeur d'Alene City Council and the Coeur d'Alene School Board re: Person Field will begin at 5 in the Coeur d'Alene City Library community room. The meeting will also be televised on Coeur d'Alene TV Channel 19. You can use this thread to comment on the meeting as it progresses.

  • 5:27 p.m. Hamilton says no one from school district can say it's in the best interest of the district to transfer the property to the city without cost.
  • 5:20 p.m. Gridley reading letter, at request of Ron Edinger, from former School Board Chairman Ken Burchell re: Person Field. Letter spells out how city gave district half of Person Field for accreditation purposes at no cost in 1995. The city had acquired field in land swap with city.
  • 5:14 p.m. Attorney Marc Lyons of school district provides history of Person Field, dating back to district's purchase of 7 acres in 1950. Says state law requires appraisal and need to sell for at least the appraised amount. Also says that school district takes in more constituents than just city of Coeur d'Alene. And that any deal made must be in best interest of School District.
  • 5:12 p.m. City's position is that school district can negotiate any price for the transfer.
  • 5:10 p.m. City Attorney Mike Gridley asks if the school district is dug in on the $655,000 valuation.
  • 5:09 p.m. CSB Chairman Tom Hamilton said he has heard "loudly and copiously" from the public wants to see a deal that is in the best interest of the community.
  • 5:07 p.m. Mayor Sandi Bloem announces that there will be no public comment.
  • 5:06 p.m. Coeur d'Alene City Council and School Board have opened the meeting to discuss Person Field sitting around a square of tables in the community room of the library. Councilman Mike Kennedy said that he wants to get right to discussion because he's missing his 4YO's birthday.

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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