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Posted: Monday, April 4, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 8:13 am, Mon Apr 4, 2011.

Lockeford officials plan to begin constructing a community center, parking lots and landscaping in March 2012 as the first phase of what they hope will become a 15-acre park on Jack Tone Road.

Longer term plans call for playing fields, a picnic shelter and irrigation system, but funds aren't available yet.

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  • Charles Nelson posted at 9:27 pm on Wed, Apr 6, 2011.

    Charles Nelson Posts: 259

    I checked with someone knowledgeable in this matter. The appraisals for this purchase were for market value at the time, which was some time ago. The purchase was done at fair market value to the property owners.

  • Ross Farrow posted at 2:55 pm on Wed, Apr 6, 2011.

    Ross Farrow Posts: 104

    Teri Smith: Yes, the Lockeford Community Services District meeting is open to the public. It is a government agency, so its meetings are public. The board meets on the second Thursday of each month.

  • Teri Smith posted at 9:34 am on Wed, Apr 6, 2011.

    Teri Smith Posts: 8

    Yes, I would love to see the Title Report and the Appraisal that validated the price on that purchase. Granted, it was NOT bare land, there are houses on both parcels, but still...
    Is the meeting at Lockeford Community Center on the 14th open to the public? I would love to see the plans for the park. The 11 acres of property that the county already owned is an Oak Tree Grove, I think 90% of the property is protected from clearing because of the trees. That is the portion my neighborhood shares a property line with. They were talking about making it a nature walk/bike trail in the future...

  • Charles Nelson posted at 8:01 am on Wed, Apr 6, 2011.

    Charles Nelson Posts: 259

    Kevin, the governments pockets may be deep, but they're empty. Plus, there's a big hole at the bottom that they're ignoring. We seem to have a bunch of people running things who have no integrity or accountability with public funds.

  • Doug Chaney posted at 8:17 pm on Tue, Apr 5, 2011.

    Doug Chaney Posts: 1232

    If the district already owns 11.1 acres, why would they buy four acres for $1.4 million? Is the lucky seler related to one of the county supervisors? Prime ag land was going for $20K an acre when the economy was at its peak and now even half that is too high? There needs to be questions answered by the board of supervisors on this ludicrous 4 acre property transaction.

  • Kevin Paglia posted at 5:34 pm on Tue, Apr 5, 2011.

    Kevin Paglia Posts: 2106

    I wonder if there is recourse for people upping their prices when it is the government buying things. That is charging more than fair market value for things just because the government has deep pockets.

  • Jerry Belluomini posted at 3:26 pm on Tue, Apr 5, 2011.

    Jerry Belluomini Posts: 10

    Well no it doesn't help much. That's still $.595 million for one parcel and $.850 for the other. Don't you think that is a little pricey for just 4 acres? I was thinking around $3 or $4 thousand per acre which would make a grand total of $16K for the whole thing. There is something a little smelly in the cheese factory here. When we were looking for land a few years back when the economy was good bare land in that area was going for around $4 to $5 thousand an acre. I'm just trying to get a grip on this, so the economy is worse now and someone is getting $350K per acre. I'm still confused!!!!!

  • Ross Farrow posted at 10:50 am on Mon, Apr 4, 2011.

    Ross Farrow Posts: 104

    I double-checked the $1.4 million figure just now with Craig Ogata, the county parks and rec director. He said the actual sale price was $1.445 million. The four acres are in two parcels. One parcel sold for $595,000, and the other for $850,000. Hope that helps.

  • Jerry Belluomini posted at 7:07 am on Mon, Apr 4, 2011.

    Jerry Belluomini Posts: 10

    I hope this is a misprint, four acres for $1.4 million? That comes to $350,000 per acre. If this is indeed true I have 40 acres off Tully Road that I will sell for $350,000 per acre. Who approved the purchase of that property for that price?



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