STAFF BLOG REPUBLIC INSIDER Park land or preserving trees
A petition submitted to the city Monday calls for voting on converting three pieces of city-owned land deemed surplus property near Lake Mitchell into park land. Right now, it looks headed to the... Posted on 6/21/10 at 10:22 PM
The vote is over and numerous acres of city-owned land near Lake Mitchell are “permanently dedicated for public use as parks.”
What difference will that make for how the city treats and cares for that land?
Not much, according to city officials.
Mitchell voters decided to preserve land that abuts Lake Mitchell by a 53-47 percent margin Tuesday. The initiated measure was approved 2,806 to 2,525.
It’s unfortunate that an important debate about Lake Mitchell has devolved into a squabble.
We’re talking about the issue Mitchell voters will decide Nov. 2. Petitioners put a question on the ballot asking voters to place park designations on two pieces of city-owned land near the lake — the nearly 10-acre “wooded lot” along North Harmon Drive, and a 55-acre parcel near the lake’s west end and south shore — along with, as the petitions put it, “all city owned property comprising or abutting the shoreline of Lake Mitchell.”
Strange things could happen if voters approve a proposal to zone land around and near Lake Mitchell as park land — at least according to members of the Mitchell City Council.
The Mitchell Cemetery, the Mitchell Municipal Airport, the water treatment plant, land leased to the South Dakota National Guard and other city-owned land may be converted to park land, council members said during Monday’s meeting.
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