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Posted: Friday, December 28, 2012 10:00 am

SANDPOINT — The status of a property acquired during byway negotiations is currently under discussion among city staff and officials.

At a Dec. 19 meeting, council members voted to rescind a decision approved on the Dec. 5 council agenda’s consent calendar concerning the legal status of the old Lakeside Inn property.

Council members approved the Parks and Recreation Commission’s suggestion that the property be renamed Sand Creek Park and reclassified as a park at the earlier December meeting. However, council members are reconsidering that decision given the fact that as a park, any revenues the property generates, including parking fees, would go into the park improvement fund.

Councilwoman Carrie Logan reasoned that since park maintenance and operation is paid through the general fund, some of the property revenue should be moving that direction.   

Parks and Recreation Director Kim Woodruff suggested a possible solution by adding to the original ordinance defining park revenue usage.

By specifying that all parking dollars regardless of the property in question go into the general fund, some money would return to the general fund while other revenues would fund significant park improvements planned for the future.

“In ADA fixes alone, I’m looking at over a million bucks,” Woodruff said. “I’m looking at some major improvements, and we have over 100 acres in park land. “I would prefer to look at operations and cut there than change the way we have this set up, because long-term, it will be the death knell of this fund.”

However, Logan worried that that approach would become unbalanced as investments made in park improvements began to pay off.

Council members determined not to make a decision on the structure of revenue distribution until city staff could take a closer look at the situation.

The property was acquired in 2007 when Idaho Transportation Department transferred its control to the city in exchange for their services in maintaining the Byway’s landscaping, pathways and other infrastructure.

It now stands to add a significant amount of parking to the downtown core in addition to providing other recreational activities.

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9 comments:

  • Jigger posted at 8:50 am on Mon, Dec 31, 2012.

    Jigger Posts: 149

    Helen is right decide whether its a park or parking lot

     
  • leechstomper posted at 8:11 am on Mon, Dec 31, 2012.

    leechstomper Posts: 1481

    Perhaps the city could raise funds by having venders selling toiletpaper to those entering the public restrooms. It seems to work in Mexico.

     
  • Here's What I Say posted at 11:08 am on Sun, Dec 30, 2012.

    Here's What I Say Posts: 1240

    The City seems to be on a campaign to keep all humans out of downtown. They are planning to dress it all up and save it for archeologists of the future. Seems they're right on track to accomplishing it with their present policies. They especially want people with money, older folks and tourists to bypass downtown by making less parking available and all parking for a fee. Darn people downtown might demand services like trash cans and benches or some other costly demands.

     
  • Idahome posted at 8:19 pm on Sat, Dec 29, 2012.

    Idahome Posts: 209

    This land is a park-like parking lot. People put there vehicles in there and go some place else and that tells me it is not a park. It also seems apparent to me the city is heading, deliberately or otherwise, toward pay-for-parking at City Beach. How will they be able to resist the temptation of all that revenue? [wink]

     
  • wilson posted at 2:12 pm on Sat, Dec 29, 2012.

    wilson Posts: 1076

    ADA fixes? Is this more of Molly Oreilly and Steve's vendetta against the City? Sandpoint should comply with all this foolishness when San Francisco or Seattle is fully compliant, which can never happen.

     
  • Perki posted at 11:28 am on Sat, Dec 29, 2012.

    Perki Posts: 610

    The best discription of Sandpoint I ever heard was "Broke Berkeley"

     
  • Here's What I Say posted at 9:53 am on Sat, Dec 29, 2012.

    Here's What I Say Posts: 1240

    Sandpoint, squeezing every last buck out of residents that it can in order to continue their foolish spending spree. This must be California all over again.

     
  • LakeViewer posted at 11:53 am on Fri, Dec 28, 2012.

    LakeViewer Posts: 921

    Good grief. This will likely be another Sandpoint debacle.

     
  • Helen Newton posted at 10:50 am on Fri, Dec 28, 2012.

    Helen Newton Posts: 488

    It's one of two things, isn't it? It's either a park or a parking lot.