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I’m Miffed

Submitted by on 1, February 19, 2009 – 7:45 am3 Comments

At myself, that is. Yesterday I reported that leaders of Harbor Bay’s homeowners associations and businesses asked the City Council to consider swapping the Mif Albright nine-hole golf course for a similar-size swath of land that had been the site for his proposed Harbor Bay Village VI residential development.

Turns out I was so focused on typing up my stories at the meeting that I missed a kind of key detail: The council had in fact already planned to talk about making the swap in an earlier closed session.

The council had scheduled a closed-door session with its real property negotiator on Tuesday to discuss “price and terms” for the properties at 1855 North Loop Road and the golf course, and it listed the negotiating parties as the course and Harbor VI. But the item was taken off the agenda (council members Lena Tam and Marie Gilmore were both out sick).

During a later public discussion of potential uses for the just-closed course – uses that all required the city to lay out money it said it closed the course to save – the business and homeowner group that had opposed Harbor VI developer Ron Cowan’s plans to build 104 homes in the midst of the business park, led by Mayor Beverly Johnson’s onetime campaign manager, Barbara Price, asked the council to consider the swap.

Golf Commission President Jane Sullwold, who said she had long heard rumors that the land swap was slated to take place, asked the council to allow the contractor it hired to run the Chuck Corica Golf Complex, Kemper Sports, to determine if they could run the course at a profit.

Harbor VI had asked the Planning Board in May to grant it a variance to build homes at the North Loop site, which nearby businesses and homeowners vigorously opposed. The board denied the request.


  • David Kirwin says:

    I think you got some more facts crossed. Although someone was at the meeting "saying" they represented the homeowners group – that was in fact not the truth.

    Doug deHaan questioned the commenter directly on this point – and it was stated that no vote of any homeowner group was ever taken, there was no majority opinion to request city action on this issue, and certainly no Home owner group approval of the concept..

    In fact I think this was a move by a ‘motivated individual’ to appear as a group representative which if I am correct is a big fat lie, a dishonest and inappropriate use of the homeowner’s group’s good name.

    This is appalling!

  • David Howard says:

    Don't worry…you're not the only one that missed it. When Jane Sullwold brought up the point about the exchange, Mayor Johnson, who only a couple of hours before was in closed-session where the item was scheduled to be discussed, pretended to have no knowledge of the proposed swap. She said something to the effect of "Oh… I've heard those rumors too…"

  • David Kirwin says:

    Again, on the issue of "credibility and trust", some of our elected representatives deserve failing marks.

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