Marvin Village’s planned purchase and development of 27 acres on New Towne Road for use as a passive public park is irresponsible. Walden Pond subdivision virtually surrounds the property with private homes and a homeowners association-owned lake. Placement of a public park into an established neighborhood is unheard of.
Why would the village purchase such a piece of undeveloped land not within its own borders, costing $1.1 million when other properties are available for less money, including free, donated property in Longview South? Is this the best use of taxpayers’ money? The village council likes to quote “no new taxes.” Well, the purchase will be financed, and where will development and maintenance costs of more than another $1 million come from? The village already has greenways chained off, awaiting repair of bridges for over a year. And why purchase property for a passive park when there exists similar greenways in most neighborhoods, while the public is asking for their first active park.
The liability of a public park fronting a private lake involves enormous consequences for both Marvin and the homeowners association that owns it. When asked who will enforce park rules with respect to the lake, one councilman said “The HOA owns it, so the homeowners should call the police.”
Does that sound to you like the neighborly thing to do?
A reliable Realtor has estimated that a 20 percent reduction in home values would take place with the installation of such a park in this location.
Perhaps the most disturbing thing of all is the way the Marvin Village Council has approached this project. They freely admit that they are purchasing the property without any specific plans. Is this responsible government? Or do they have a plan but don’t wish to share it with anyone? They have hired a new interim town administrator to hide behind and have chosen to gag most of their employees since they have been challenged on this issue.
This is not a not-in-my-backyard issue. This is an issue of not-in-anyone’s backyard.
Come on, council. No plan, no commitment, no development money, no respect for your neighbors. Serve the people instead of your own pie-in-the-sky pet projects.
Walden Pond resident