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County votes to sell strip of park land for $350,000

Thursday, July 10, 2008

KIT DOYLE ~ kdoyle@semissourian.com The football game of fourth graders from West Lane Elementary took them past the property line at Cape Girardeau County Park North Wednesday, May 7, 2008 that the County Commission is considering selling to Drury Corp.
The Cape Girardeau County Commission voted Thursday to sell 1.24 acres of Cape County Park North to Mid-America Hotels for $350,000.

The price is $50,000 more than what was offered in April for the same 70-foot-wide strip of land. The increase came after the county obtained an independent appraisal that put the base value of the land at $250,000 but also took account of the added value the property would impart to the adjacent land already owned by Mid-America. Under that method, known as "assemblage value," the appraiser pegged the value at $370,000 to $430,000.

Presiding Commissioner Gerald Jones and District 1 Commissioner Larry Bock voted in favor of the sale. District 2 Commissioner Jay Purcell voted against it, noting that he did not feel the deal had been discussed thoroughly by the county's Board of Park Commissioners.

Purcell said the sale should have been the subject of public hearings to answer the questions of whether any land should be sold and whether any restrictions should be imposed on the use of the property. "That is why I am a little troubled by this whole thing," Purcell said. "I don't know what the big hurry is."

The park board reached a consensus that the land sale was satisfactory during a series of telephone calls Wednesday, board chairman Joe Sherinski told the commission. He said he called each member of the board and reported that they were in favor of the sale by a 6-1 margin.

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Larry Bock just votes for whatever his handler, Gerald Jones, says. We need to get Jones out of the seat.

What is wrong with having a public hearing? Let the public know what Drury is really going to do with it.

-- Posted by SEMissouri70 on Thu, Jul 10, 2008, at 6:35 PM

who gets the money?

-- Posted by grandma73 on Thu, Jul 10, 2008, at 6:37 PM

With the hurry-up and push it through process for an under-value sale, there needs to be an investigation or an audit or both. Drury wasn't given a significant price break just because they are nice guys and the county just can't be willing to take a potential $50,000 to $100,000 loss just because they like Drury. Business doesn't work that way. Somebody besides Drury is making out on this deal somewhere.

-- Posted by SEMO56a on Thu, Jul 10, 2008, at 6:42 PM

Perhaps the county will write off the loss for a tax break and plan on making up the loss with the tax dollars generated by Drury. An uneducated guess at best.

-- Posted by SEMO56a on Thu, Jul 10, 2008, at 6:50 PM

If given enough time, the county commission could give away the entire county park by the interstate. First it was the Veterans's Home and then the Conservation Center. Both excellent projects, but the land was given for these programs. At least this time we got money for the lost property

What is going to happen to the $350,000? Is it going to pay for the new 911 system, or will it be put into the parks for new mowers or other upgrades? We may have to build a fence to block the view of the new development which will be built on the land which was just sold.

-- Posted by Always_Learning on Thu, Jul 10, 2008, at 7:21 PM

I guess you guys didn't hear but the two biggest dunces in Southeast Missour politics Jay Knudtson and Gerald Jones have teamed up for a Cape County Super Duper Super Water Park.

this one will have a lazy river that goes at two different speeds. Just like an old record player.


-- Posted by thegreatmosely on Thu, Jul 10, 2008, at 8:56 PM

JONES obviously thinks he not only runs Cape county but that he owns it as well. He has long ago quit careing about public opinion.

-- Posted by Skeptic1 on Thu, Jul 10, 2008, at 10:19 PM

$350,000 is a good price for the county. Mid America paid a premium because it owned adjoining land. Commissioners Jones and Bock should be commended for their vote. I do, however, think the park board should have first given its consideration with a public hearing. Mid America will likely put a business venture there that will generate substantial tax revenues for the applicable localities.

-- Posted by tom on Thu, Jul 10, 2008, at 10:50 PM

I expect to some of you yahoos names in 2010 running for mayor and county commissioner with all the griping you do.

-- Posted by insider63785 on Thu, Jul 10, 2008, at 11:48 PM

I would have liked for more details on what Drury is doing with this property. It could have a huge effect on the quality of Cape County Park. I hope they keep good on their promises early on for a buffer between the park and development. I would hate to see dumpsters and parking lots butting right up against the park land.

Thank you Boss Hogg for deciding what is best for the entire county with out consulting very many people. I'm sure the voters will repay you handsomely.

-- Posted by CeilingCatKnowsBest on Fri, Jul 11, 2008, at 12:32 AM

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