Ms. Ellis misrepresents.
The sale of the Newark Ballpark was added to the May 2010 election ballot, where Newark voters overwhelmingly supported the idea to sell the ballpark. As required by law, the funds from the sale of a city park will go back into Newark parks and recreation areas, and may likely be used to restore the old gymnasium to be used as a recreation center.
The process to sell a city-owned property is outlined in local Government Code 272. It reads in short, that the property shall be appraised for fair market value and auctioned to the highest bidder. Councilman Bob Wells read the code aloud during the June open meeting. The sale of the ballpark will not be “handled by a Realtor on council” as stated by Katrina Ellis in a previous opinion letter to the Messenger. Rather, it will be appraised, and the sale published for bids as the code states.
Katrina Ellis attended the June meeting and has chosen to misrepresent this issue as “untrustworthy” and “a conflict of interest.”
For those of you seeking the facts, I invite you to attend Newark council meetings. The mayor and council are available before and after the meetings to share ideas with residents, discuss your concerns and to answer any questions.
Newark City Council