Thursday, August 6, 2009
A Dirty Deed
I think I have heard it all now. The SouthPass developers tried to stiff the city by giving a quit claim deed for the park land in the middle of their property and near the leaking landfill. Kit Williams, our elected City Attorney who is paid more than $100,000 a year, says he is "fine-tuning" the deed and "working on details of the deed with developers" to make sure it reflects promises both sides made in the sweetheart contract he approved and Dan Coody and John Nock signed in 2004.
Williams goes on in an article in today's Northwest Arkansas Times to lament what a difficult time this is for SouthPass developers. "But, once we begin developing the park, the land around it is going to be extremely desirable, and it won’t be so difficult for SouthPass to sell to people who want to live there and have businesses there,” he said, adding “The first major development is going to be building soccer fields.” That probably explains why the City Parks and Recreation capital development plan for the next five years gives almost all of its budget to SouthPass and ignores the community parks and the needs of low income neighborhoods.
Drafting a warranty deed is not a difficult process, Kit. You can download the form online and paste in the legal description from the survey that the City has already paid for. Quit making excuses for the developers, and do your job for the taxpayers. Better still, go back to private practice and let the developers start paying you for looking after their interests.