Regarding the front page article of November 14th. Four years ago I was approached by Cleo Corbett, the Town Planner, to work with the Town as the Spirit Square plans overlapped onto the property that the Riverhouse Tavern was leasing. I worked with the town to visually match the Spirit Square theme and also to work out an arrangement so that the Square could use some of the property as there was a “pinch point” in the design between the fountain and the afore mentioned property fence. AT NO TIME WAS ANY INDICATION GIVEN THAT THE TOWN WISHED TO PURCHASE ANY PART OF THE PROPERTY. A lease for one year was agreed upon – a very reasonable lease, I might add!!. The next year I suggested that the Town purchase the property. Not only was there no response from the Town, it fell short with the lease payment, forcing me to bring a lawyer into the communication. For well over a year I waited for the Town to come up with the money it owes me for rent and also an offer to purchase. It is now going onto two years!! Finally, the Town came forward with an offer and I agreed right away. I am hopeful that the deal will soon close as it has to date not been sealed.
With all due respect, I am disappointed with how much time and money has been spent on this simple transaction above and beyond what is necessary. Also, for the record, the land in question belongs to a local corporation, and is leased to the Riverhouse Tavern, which is the best tenant one could wish for, being always on time with rent and very easy to deal with, unlike the Town.
Editor’s Note: This LTE was for last week’s paper and a deal may be done by publication day.