posted on December 14, 2005 11:59
The City wants to sell 1.8 acres of land it owns downtown near Mayor Meeker’s Convention Center and Hotel. TMC Associates have already submitted a bid for the property. Duke Realty asked the City Council to extend the deadline for bids sixty days so it could bid too. The question was, would Mayor Meeker and City Manager Russell Allen goes along with extending the deadline.
The answer was ‘No’.
The City Council voted 6-1 not to extend the deadline.
City Councilwoman Jessie Taliaferro was the lone City Council member to vote to allow the second bid. And it’s hard to argue with her logic. Yes, Duke Realty was asking the City Council to extend the deadline. But surely two bids are better than one. Maybe Duke Realty would have bid more. Maybe enough more for Mayor Meeker to pay for the football stadium he said he wants to build in his inaugural speech. Or to do something really radical like help build a new school.