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City Council Announces Series Of Public Meetings On Proposed Land Deal

The people of Redding will have a chance to learn more, and express opinions about, an unsolicited offer to buy public land near the Sacramento River in Redding, including the Civic Auditorium, Turtle Bay, and the Rodeo Grounds. The Redding City Council announced four public workshops, with the first to take place on October 13th which will focus on state and local requirements for the sale of surplus property. October 27th will feature a presentation on master planning. The history of each property including costs and expenses, and environmental regulations will be discussed on November 10th, and a summary will take place on November 18th. During Tuesday night’s meeting City Manager Barry Tippin, in response to a question from Council Member Mark Mezanno, said the actual proposal and what it entails will not be discussed during any of the meetings because of restrictions in place under the Surplus Property Act that prohibits the Council from entering any negotiations with the proposed buyers. Tippin said that following the workshops the Council will be asked if it wishes to proceed with the sale, at which time negotiations could begin. All the meetings will be in the Council Chambers at 5:15PM.