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School board to wait on Person bids

Board to take part in public meeting with city officials

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Posted: Tuesday, January 8, 2013 12:00 am | Updated: 9:38 am, Tue Jan 8, 2013.

COEUR d'ALENE - The Coeur d'Alene School Board agreed Monday to hold off on taking bids for selling its half of Person Field until after it takes part in a public meeting with city of Coeur d'Alene officials.

It still wants to sell its portion of the roughly 7-acre park, the school board said, but it prefers to meet with the city to see if a deal now months in negotiating can be reached.

The decision came less than a week after the city detailed the terms of its offer in a public meeting - one that the school board said it didn't believe offered fair value.

"They're costing us money," school board member Brent Regan said on the city's offer.

The city offered to pay the fully appraised price of $655,000 for the land off 15th Street, but also called to extend its Joint Powers Agreement that allows the city recreation department use in four school gyms. It also wanted to add two new gyms (one through the current JPA agreement) for the city's use and for the dog park portion of Northshire Park to go to the city.

Those additional terms would cost the school district too much, around $700,000, the school board said. Take into account the city has use of eight other facilities not listed in the JPA agreement, and the school district is considering paying for up to three more school resource officers in the future, and the offer becomes nearly impossible to accept.

We can't "artificially deflate the value of an asset," Superintendent Hazel Bauman said. "Again, we have a fiduciary responsibility to a larger tax base."

Intertwining the JPA agreement between the two entities - which has to be reassessed on its own merits since it's costing the school district money - and giving away a parcel of land that's a part of land sale also being negotiated makes the city's offer unreasonable, the board said.

In addition, a third party that's involved in youth development is interested in the school district's portion of Person Field, so that information should be worked into the negotiations, it said.

While the land deal had been discussed between the two entities in private, only recently did terms of the deal become public, though snippets of information had been blogged or commented upon online.

After the city went public with its reasons for its offer, it cast the school board in a negative light because the school district hadn't discussed its side of the issue publicly, which had been the agreement, Bauman said.

"We've been tight lipped," she said.

A meeting between the two entities hasn't been scheduled.

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  • Susie Snedaker posted at 12:33 pm on Wed, Jan 9, 2013.

    Susie Snedaker Posts: 60

    It is important that citizens who want Person Field to remain a park in perpetuity attend this meeting. Both entities need to see that this field is an absolute necessity and that residential development of half of the field is unacceptable. This unadorned field offers numerous activities for citizens of all ages and abilities. We almost lost the field in 2005, please attend the meeting to tell the city and district that we want the field forever as a part of the community.

  • Jill Heine posted at 12:23 pm on Wed, Jan 9, 2013.

    Jill Heine Posts: 408

    Mary is correct: THE CITIZENS OF CDA OWN THE FIELD! Except that constitutional premise doesn't hold true when the czars rule!

  • stebbijo posted at 8:32 pm on Tue, Jan 8, 2013.

    stebbijo Posts: 49

    Reality check: apathoid is right.

    They deserve nothing but an empty room. Our attempt to sound off during public comment or any online thread is nothing but media fodder in order to spin or discredit the opposition.

    They deserve nothing else from us - other than our vote to get them out of office.

  • apathoid posted at 7:30 pm on Tue, Jan 8, 2013.

    apathoid Posts: 211

    The mayor already said they don't want it.
    Goodlander has been heard to say "our half is enough"
    Kennedy is going to have a stroke if Darth Hamilton defeats him in this Epic Battle
    Gookin appears to be drinking the Koolaid on this one
    Woody will do what her Sandiness directs him to or she will shoot those glaring evil eyes at him again until he votes the right way
    It involves spending taxpayer money so Adams is an automatic no
    Edinger thinks that mysteriously the city somehow owns what they clearly never owned and won't support saving the park.

    Sorry neighborhood - the cronies can't profit on this one. You're doomed.

  • stebbijo posted at 6:52 pm on Tue, Jan 8, 2013.

    stebbijo Posts: 49

    I hear you Mary. I think that since Deanna Goodlander is pushing the acquisition of the park and I took it that she was referring to ALL of Person Field. I remember some conversation between the two of them and it did not sound like Deanna Goodlander was talking about only the cities' half when she addressed Susie Snedaker for help. It appeared to be a conversation for Susie Snedaker to look for affordable amenities that the people wanted in order to enhance the entire parcel after it was purchased. I sounded like she was ready to buy. I think Deanna Goodlander has the power to turn this around and make it right. She can fix this. If not, that was a terrible ploy to mislead the public and very deceptive.

    ... this issue is so above the Facebook Hamilton/Kennedy preschool remark - unbelievable that folks decide to make that a center point issue.

  • Timeless posted at 6:26 pm on Tue, Jan 8, 2013.

    Timeless Posts: 476

    @mary Souza: Tom Hamilton embarrassed himself by posting his ridiculous Face Book status, he certainly cannot blame Kennedy for that.

  • Mary Souza posted at 4:11 pm on Tue, Jan 8, 2013.

    Mary Souza Posts: 783

    Stebbijo, don't give Deanna that much credit. She asked Susie to research small parks. Less than 3 acres. Check out my first comment below at 12.59.

  • stebbijo posted at 2:37 pm on Tue, Jan 8, 2013.

    stebbijo Posts: 49

    As an outside observer, this mess does appear like bulls locking horns and who is going to take the blame if/when it fails? Mike Kennedy has decided to start the ball rolling by calling out Tom Hamilton and putting him for the sacrifice. The Mayor has made it clear that she is so powerful that she can do anything she wants and actually appears to be enjoy her abuse of power when actually she would do wonders for herself if she were to do something that almost everybody agrees upon and embraces.

    So, who is tougher? My bet is on Tom Hamilton. And, if the negotiations break down and the District puts it up for bid, then the city has lost the property. But, Bloem will spin it to make it look like the District was not reasonable but it will backfire. The school district is already giving the city time to acquire the property but we have to get into all this petty McScew-em remarks, and closed meeting stuff instead of just getting on with business. The Mayor and Kennedy look like they are doing everything they can to botch the deal. Deanna Goodlander should motion to buy the park. She made the impression upon many of us that she was genuine in it's acquisition by putting Susie Snedaker in front to research options. Just get it done.

  • Mary Souza posted at 2:02 pm on Tue, Jan 8, 2013.

    Mary Souza Posts: 783

    I hope you're not right, Apathoid, but you might be. Another sign of Sandi's attitude toward this deal is that, back in the Fall, when the district notified the city that they were ready to part with their half of Person Field, as the city was always said to be interested in acquiring the other half, the Mayor and City Administrator did not forward that info on to the rest of the city council. They withheld the info. The council didn't know that the rest of Person Field was even available.

    When Tom Hamilton learned of this, weeks later, he went to the next council meeting and made a public statement about the Field and his hopes for an equitable solution to keep it a park forever.

  • apathoid posted at 1:48 pm on Tue, Jan 8, 2013.

    apathoid Posts: 211

    But Mary, it DOES fit her image. None of the cronies can profit from this deal therefore, there will be no deal.

    Methinks she'd LOVE for the district to offload this property to a developer. She gets what she wants and the school board takes the blame. Once the developer buys it, THEN she can figure out how to make the cronies some money. As an added bonus, they get to make the school board out to be the boogeymen right before the election so the cronies can also get their seats back there as well! It's PERFECT!

    Queue ominous music and sinister laughter in a screechy Sandy voice.

  • Mary Souza posted at 12:59 pm on Tue, Jan 8, 2013.

    Mary Souza Posts: 783

    I was at the meeting last night too, and was shocked to hear what the Trustee reported as the Mayor's comment, "We don't need Person Field, we can do great things with the half we have". It goes along with Deanna Goodlander's strange behavior at last week's city council meeting too. Deanna and the Mayor were both very nice to citizen activist Susie Snedaker, whom they usually try to ignore. But last week they were super-sweet and asked Susie to gather some ideas for upgrading a small park. Were they referring to just the city's half of Person Field? Seems so.

    And over on another blog today, commenters are dissing the school board's reluctance to hold a public meeting with the city. I think the school board's caution is because of the unprofessional game-playing and name calling by some people at the city, especially Councilman Mike Kennedy, who laid a trap to embarrass Board Chairman Tom Hamilton at the city council meeting last week. And now, with the report about the Mayor's comments, there might be a question about the city's true intent. Does the Mayor really want to get this deal done?

    This is all why there must, and will, be a public meeting. WE, the public, must use our political pressure to cut through all this garbage and push until the deal is complete. WE own the whole Field, either through our school district or our city. Now is the time to get it all under the city's parks department, where it will remain a park forever. And if the Mayor is dragging her feet on this, she will have to do so in public, which will not bode well for her image.

  • apathoid posted at 9:45 am on Tue, Jan 8, 2013.

    apathoid Posts: 211

    An interesting tidbit from the meeting was the fact that her Sandiness told a trustee "we don't need Person Field...we can do great things with the half we have."

    OK Madame Mayor, if you don't plan to buy the park, why are you "demanding" a public meeting? Are we going for another round of Mike Kennedy Bashes the School Board?

    I don't get it....

    What I also don't get is why the Press isn't covering the fact that the city is absolutely NOT dealing with the school board in good faith on this negotiation. The mayor's comments are relevant and should have been reported.

  • Jill Heine posted at 9:26 am on Tue, Jan 8, 2013.

    Jill Heine Posts: 408

    How about advanced notice for this 'unscheduled' meeting?

  • ancientemplar posted at 7:19 am on Tue, Jan 8, 2013.

    ancientemplar Posts: 1122

    First real world thing Bauman has said in a month of Sundays. The school district is beholden to a much greater tax base than just the city of Coeur d'Alene. Duh.

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