The wooded, city-owned lot along North Harmon Drive that sat unnoticed and unmolested for about 80 years will be back in the news again next week. The City Council put a surplus designation on the lot a while ago, in preparation to trade the lot for a building near the new soccer complex. The trade got voted down, but the surplus designation remains. Now the question is what to do with the wooded lot.
The issue is on the City Council agenda for Monday. The council plans to have a discussion followed by consideration of four options: sell the property, revoke the surplus designation, take some other action to preserve the property in its present condition, or any other action deemed appropriate by the City Council. The activists who are trying to save the trees have told me they plan to pack the Council Chambers with people.
In addition to our Tuesday coverage of the council meeting in print and online, we’ll have a live Webcast of the meeting here and at www.mitchellrepublic.com/pages/citycouncil. Committee meetings will begin at 6:40 p.m. Monday, followed by the City Council meeting at 7:30 p.m.
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