Ain't Gonna Work on Samuell Farm No More? The City Would Like to Sell Beloved Property.
|The entirety of Samuell Farm in an aerial snapshot taken by Hugh Brooks's now-defunct Friends of the Farm|
I noticed it this morning on the Park and Rec board's agenda for Thursday; also on the auction block, potentially, are Elgin B. Robertson (which we already knew Mary Suhm's considering selling to offset some of the $131-million budget shortfall) and the 25-acre Joey Georgusis Park. But the Samuell properties will be no easy sell.
First Assistant City Attorney Chris Bowers, who worked on that agreement with the AG's office, tells Unfair Park this morning that not only will voters have to approve the sale -- a special election would take place November 2 -- but a district court would also have to allow for the modification of the 1940 trust agreement. Samuell donated the land to the city with the stipulation that it was "not to be sold."
Bowers says no buyer has been lined up yet -- this is still in its "conceptual" phase. But the AG's office has been notified of the city's desire to sell the property, yet another indication that this year's budget-cutting is more like a budget-gutting.
"The city is contemplating selling Samuell Farm as well as every other park outside of our main city limits," Bowers tells Unfair Park this morning: "And there may be one or two within the city limits where staff believes we have an abundance of parks. Due to an extremely tough budget situation, the city is finding it hard to justify to voters why we spend money maintaining parks very few citizens use."