The City Council’s agenda has few items to discuss Tuesday, but there is an item pertaining to an annual Greek flag raising ceremony, which could always spiral out of control. Other issues on the agenda include a labor negotiations update, an application for strategic growth grants and the likely approval of streamlining the process to sell the city’s surplus real estate properties.
An item about raising the medical marijuana tax on collectives from 7 to 10 percent has been deferred to the Feb. 14 meeting.
According to a memo prepared Jan. 9 by Kim Walesh, director of Economic Development, the city owns 1,073 parcels of real estate. Of that amount, a little more than half (565) are city-operated facilities that include “parks, trails, libraries, firestations, City Hall, Community Centers, landfills, and parking structures.” Some city properties cannot be sold by law, but “even with the above constraints,” the memo says, “the city’s portfolio of properties that could be sold is estimated in the range of $65M-$69M.”
Vacant land and structures owned by the city total 158 parcels, while there are 274 miscellaneous parcels, some of which were left over from street widening projects.
In staff’s analysis, the current process to sell properties is too slow. Certain tasks are carried out in corresponding order when they could be carried out concurrently, staff suggests. The analysis also recommends delegating authority to City Manager Debra Figone on the sale of any properties valued at less than $500,000.