Kingman delays action on park purchase
12/19/2013 6:00:00 AM
By Doug McMurdo
KINGMAN - The City Council postponed an effort to build a small park on the corner of Sycamore Avenue and Harvard Street at the last regular meeting of the year Tuesday.
The city owns 1.65 acres of property on the southeast corner of the intersection in western Kingman, where a park is needed, according to city staff.
While the current site is too small for a park, an adjoining 6.48-acre property is for sale for its appraised value of $140,000, an amount the seller, Lois Prentice, would accept if the city names the park after her.
The property is listed at $150,000, but an appraisal set the lower price to which she agreed.
The purchase would allow the city to build an eight-acre park, which is "functional," according to staff.
A need to address drainage issues in the area could also be met through the city's purchase of the land.
However, there is a small house on the property that is evidently problematic from a legal perspective.
Mayor Janet Watson and City Council members went into closed session for several minutes and later voted to table the item for the foreseeable future, with no explanation provided.