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COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Columbia City Common Council approved Tuesday night, the first reading of an ordinance authorizing the sale of park lands owned by the city.
Mayor Ryan Daniel read a letter from the park board describing the intention to sell or vacate three properties including North Street Garden, Mayorâ€™s Park and Langeloh Park.
Although the park board said the locations only cost them $20 a week, or $600 a year, to mow, there are also other maintenance expenses as well that add up.
â€śThe parks board recommendation is to first try to sell these properties to the adjoining land owners,â€ť said Daniel. â€śIf selling the property is not an option due to a lack of buyers, they would like to split the land property and give it to each adjoining land owner.â€ť
Councilman Dan Weigold said he thought Mayorâ€™s Park would be a good park to reconsider.
Bill Simpson mentioned that he received several calls concerning Mayorâ€™s Park.
â€śKids do play there and they extend their hope that we consider that,â€ť said Simpson. â€śI think that the small parks in our neighborhood are one of the best things we have going for us.â€ť
Taking these suggestions into consideration, Daniel made a motion to pass the ordinance subject to the removal of Mayorâ€™s Park, and the council approved.