Council re-voted on an executive committee decision to sell city-owned land on Manitoba Street East close to the Esso Station.
Coun. Don Mitchell said city property is not easily available downtown and the city should try to keep its options open. He said he didn’t understand why it was put up for tender without consultation or approval. He said the location is ideal and it had been identified as a possible residence for people with special needs. He moved to refer it for consideration rather than “hasty tendering.”
Coun. Heather Eby said it was a competitive bid process and council could’ve been contacted. However, she said it’s best to honour the process. Since Mitchell, Coun. Candis Kirkpatrick and Coun. Brian Swanson were the only ones who voted in favour of not accepting the sale bid, the executive’s decision was carried.
Other items considered at Monday’s meeting:
• Council voted in favour of approving 180 free single-day bus passes for the 2013 A-Moose-ing Race fundraising event on July 6 and to deny the extended transit services for July 6 for Westmount and Sunningdale routes. Council also authorized the event to use city-owned facilities and parks pending approval. A-Moose-ing Race representatives will be responsible for approaching third-party facilities such as Mosaic Place for appropriate approvals.
For more information, see Friday's edition of the Times-Herald.