Webster City, City Council DO NOT Sell East Twin Park to Dollar General

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Webster City, City Council DO NOT Sell East Twin Park to Dollar General

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Zoami Calles-Rios Sosa started this petition to City Council
  • Commercial Developers approached the City of Webster City to buy East Twin Park. They believe this is the perfect location for a new Dollar General. The current DG store is on a lease and they don't really want that building. The City offered other options, but the Developers did not budge. They were willing to pay a little extra for the land in East Twin Park.
  • The City Council seems to be in support of this project because:
    • Will add to their tax base
    • Are hoping that one or two additional development projects will come of it.
    • This park is located in prime commercial zoning
    • This park is underutilized (according to their opinions but no actual facts have been presented to support this view)
  • However, it is important to note that:
    • East Twin Park is parallel to West Twin Park
    • It houses a skate park
    • Offers a small shelter
    • Has a BMX Bicycle Dirt Track
    • Has a basketball court (that's old and in need of repair)
    • Has swings in a sanded, playground area
    • Picnic areas
    • Webster City has 9 parks
  • While it is true that this park needs some work, it should not be the case that we get rid of it simply because a commercial developer wants this land.
    • This land belongs to the people and should be the case that the people of Webster City make the choice.
  • The City Council SHOULD NOT arbitrarily make the choice to sell the land WITHOUT taking in consideration the impact that selling this park would result in.
  • Economic development is IMPORTANT, yes, but so is the well-being of the residents of Webster City.
  • WC City Council should not take the small view that ANY business is good business. There are always consequences to actions, and taking off a park is something that SHOULD NEVER be taken lightly. Discussions with the residents should have been their NUMBER ONE priority.
  • Furthermore, once this park is gone, it will be gone forever.
    • What park will be next? And then, can anyone with the right amount of money buy ANY park that they want?
  • While I don't know the right answer, I propose that Webster City residents vote on this issue somehow. I do not think is right for City Council to make this decision without really taken in consideration our opinions. I pay taxes and should have a say in how my city is managed.
    • There will be a meeting on Monday to discuss this, but it's starting to feel that the deal is basically done, which would be unfortunate and unfair.
    • Money isn't everything.

Disclosure:
I personally own property (my home) in Webster City and have a vested interest in seeing that all parks do well. I love the Webster City Parks and are part of the Parks and Rec Commission.

 

 

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