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City OKs Person Deal, Edinger: ‘No’

On Tuesday, the Coeur d'Alene City Council gave final approval to the purchase of Person Field and Bryan Field from the Coeur d'Alene School District. But two council members weren't happy about it. In her draft minutes, City Clerk Renata McLeod reports comments made by Councilmen Ron Edinger and Deanna Goodlander during the discussion:

Councilman Edinger stated that he would be voting against the agreement because he does not believe in buying something that is already owned by the City.  Councilman McEvers wondered if the City voted against it, what would the neighbors say, and what is the alternative?  Councilman Edinger stated that the School District would have a problem because they have already moved into their new building, and maybe they would be willing to negotiate.  Councilman McEvers expressed concern that the parkland could become homes.  Councilman Edinger does not believe the land would be developed as homes and that the 1995 agreement was legal.  Councilman Goodlander stated that she believes the City is paying a ridiculous price for something they already own and it is hard to vote yes.

Question: Did the Coeur d'Alene School District get the better end of this deal, as Councilmen Ron Edinger and Deanna Goodlander seem to believe?

Kennedy Welcomes Gookin To Govt

In this video provided by Coeur d'Alene TV Channel 19, Councilman Mike Kennedy expresses amazement at the pickle that Councilman Dan Gookin finds himself in re: the purchase of Bryan Field.

Deanna: Parks Dept. Can Save Bear

Councilwoman Deanna Goodlander: It looks like the Parks Department has figured out a way to save the statue. It will take some rebar and a lot of work, but they are pretty sure it is repairable. There will always show some damage, but the Parks folks are darn good at repairs. They do a great job of keeping those wooden statues in good repair all over town. Hopefully the neighbors will keep an eye on what it going on around the Bryan Bear. Citizens are the best protection for our public art and keeping the vandals from winning.

Question: Am I the only one who thinks that the Coeur d’Alene Parks & Cemetery Department is one of the best if not the best in the Inland Northwest and probably beyond?

Vandals Attack Bryan Public Art

Vandals in Coeur d’Alene took the ‘Right to Bear Arms’ way too literally recently when someone used a saw to cut a wooden Grizzly Bear statue off at the ankles at a neighborhood park. Around Coeur d’Alene there are a half dozen wood carved statues including a majestic nine-foot tall Grizzly standing watch at Bryan Field. “Everybody likes it, I don’t know why somebody would want to cut it down,” neighborhood resident Jean LaForge said/Tania Dall, KXLY. More here.

Question: Which acts of vandalism bug you most?

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