From: Jack G. Conrad [mailto:jackgconrad @ earthlink.net]
Sent: Monday, April 5, 2004 11:56 PM
Cc: Ward, John
Subject: Important Eagan City Council Meeting on the Eagan Core Greenway -- This Wednesday
Dear Friends of the Eagan Core Greenway,
Potentially one of the most significant Eagan City Council meetings in some time will take place this coming Wednesday (April 7th) at 6:30 p.m.
It is thus important that we have a good showing.
City Council is scheduled to vote on the rezoning & preliminary sub-division of the Lee & Lori Anderson property (just south of the Eagan Art House). This is the first step in the Trust for Public Land (TPL)'s purchase of 9 of the 11 acres on property, ultimately to be turned over to the City and Patrick Eagan Park.
This acquisition also represents the first critical step in the road map we have created for the final phase of the Eagan Core Greenway completion: securing (1) the Anderson Parcel, (2) Caponi Art Park, (3) the McCarthy Farm.
The City has recently added conditions to the agreement with the Andersons---restricting their remaining two acres (not currently for sale) from ever supporting more than their current single house (with no compensation in return), and charging TPL up to $10,500 in fees to perform the two part sub-division (even though TPL has raised $720,000 for the completion of the project!). These surprise conditions are simply not fair. A representative from TPL will be on hand to address the problematic nature of these 11th hour conditions, but attendance from "Friends" members will also be critical.
We need your support on Wednesday!
The Anderson sub-division is likely to come before the Council not much later than 6:45 p.m.
Please come and by your presence (and possibly words), let Council know that a fair execution of this deal needs to be completed, well before some of the participating MN-DNR funding dries up in two months time.
We will hope to see you at City Hall on Wednesday!
Jack ConradFriends of the Eagan Core Greenway www.EaganCoreGreenway.org