City Misses Samuell Trust Reports Deadlines; Texas AG Threatens Dallas With Legal Action
|Once a popular hangout at the Samuell Farm, the Pavillion is a rotting, open-door shell of its former self.|
|The sole fire hydrant near the 80-acre Tall Grass Prairie on the Samuell Farm, which is currently not operational|
Abbott's office has had enough stalling: The letter, from the chief of the Consumer Protection and Public Health Division to Dallas City Attorney Tom Perkins and First Assistant City Attorney Chris Bowers, says the city has till 5 p.m. September 11 to turn in its homework. If it does not, "the OAG is left with no choice but to take legal action to enforce" the agreement. Among the potential remedies: removing the Park Board as trustee of the Samuell Trust.
After the jump, Chris Bowers responds. And, as always, the full text of Office of the Attorney General's letter to the city.
Bowers tells Unfair Park the city received the letter yesterday at 5 p.m. and that the City Attorney's Office "takes issue with much of it." He says "it will take a few days for us to respond, but we certainly will respond to the Attorney General and attempt to persuade them we're doing a good job of managing the Samuell properties."
As for why the city did not file the reports per the agreement, he says it was simply a matter of it getting lost in the shuffle as the City Attorney's Office worked with City Manager Mary Suhm to cut the budget in the wake of the $190-million shortfall.
"Our department staff was very busy and just apparently did not calendar the deadline," he says. "Those guys have been putting in many 80-hour weeks trying to figure out how they were going to cut their budget and their staff in order to satisfy the city's need to have a balanced budget. That has really been their focus, and they were so wrapped up with that they did not calendar that deadline. They regret that. That does not mean the city is being a bad steward of those properties."Letter From Office of the Attorney General to City of Dallas