MOPR'S 10/7/02 VP BOA MTG MINS
Notes: This is only a transcript of my comments (& EM's response) at this mtg because Mary Shapiro of the Press Journal wanted a copy. This transcript will be replaced with that of the entire mtg ASAP which will regrettably will be a while.
Present: RH, TB, DA, RS, JW, BL, RC. Also DM & EM. Absent: PP.
... DM: Under the levee, Maureen Morris asked to address the bd.
MM: Please make my comments here part of the City's Journal. My name is Maureen Morris. I own commercial property at #8 Arnold Drive. It provides me with rental income & the city with guaranteed tax revenue even when I suffer losses on it.
At the 9/3/02 bd mtg, I informed everyone that EM's developer associate had offered me $100,000 for my property in 4/98, tho his deal did not close. Furthermore, that only due to threats of condemnation, I told Martin in 10/2000, I would settle for 125,000. I also informed everyone on 9/3 that I am receiving rental income of $995/mo +ut, & that on 8/30, Martin had offered me $53,000. Apparently Martin, his appraiser, Demba, & others think that 53,000 will afford me a replacement property at this point in time, that will generate my same income!
Currently, Ald Stuart is willingly offering to sell his residential property for $169,000 which is evidently fair market value or close to it. His property is in the floodplain as is mine. Later, in that 9/3 bd mtg, Ald Stuart & all of the other ald, except Whitteaker, voted to condemn my property!
I DO NOT WANT to sell my property. I DO NOT believe it is needed for the levee or infrastructure, or even to eliminate blight, which is only financial profiling. My property is only needed for the city & other individuals to profit from it, since it's value is beginning to soar & despite the facts that I have owned & maintained it thru 15 years of floods.
Only part of my front yard was required supposedly for the levee, until I talked to Elliott Davis at the 8/19/02 levee mtg & corrected Ald Adams' 3.5 mile levee figure to 3.l, as he talked to Mr. Davis.
I would still like to know where the 5, 6 or maybe 7 now, proposed levee footprints & official levee meeting minutes are. The public & I should be able to see what's changed causing you to need all of my property suddenly. I would also like to know why the so-called levee at Arnold's Landing supposedly needs to be twice as wide as the real levee is in other places. I believe it is fill to improve my property. Jim Zerega of the COE said underseepage. I do not believe that!
If my greatly improved property is needed to eliminate blight, why is the dilapidated property at #6 Arnold to be left as is, except for the city taking only a small portion of the front yard? Please visit my website mopr.org to review your own 5/20/02 Arnold's Landing Resolution & Ald Adams' comments that Arnold's Landing properties would not be taken by the city, etc.
Sunday morning a week ago, I received a Condemnation Summons to a hearing for the 24th of this month. For your information, whenever this fiasco is finished, I intend to sue the city & each responsible alderman for any & all losses that I suffer. I wonder if Martin will be around to deal with the ramifications that will befall this city due to such underhanded actions. I would like to hear comments from each of you now. Thank you, gentlemen!
DM: Mr.Martin, would you like to respond _________ ? EM: Um, the bd obviously is welcome to make any comments they want, but I would caution the bd that, that it's obviously in litigation. We have not been able to agree on ah, a fair market value for the property & thus, we've gone to condemnation. There is a hearing scheduled. She's correct; it's Oct. 24th. The judge will make a determination at that point, uh whether or not the city has the ability to condemn the property & will appoint 3 disinterested cmsnrs who will go out & view the property & after a hearing, establish ah, a fair market value _______ . So that's where we're at right now. MM: I thought you were supposed to have offered me fair market value; 53,000 is fair market value? (silence) EM: I, I have nothing more to say ________ . MM: (sarcastically) Thank you! EM: It's in litigation. MM: (sarcastically) Thank you, each & every one of you except Ald Whitteaker.
DM: DC, do you have anything under Emergency Mgmt? DC: No. DM: Parks & Recreation. ________ do you want to speak? (ETC )