Jeremy's Notebook

‘Streamlined’ at the COW

April 5, 2013

When the Pensacola City Council meets for its Committee of the Whole meeting Monday, members will consider approving “streamlined guidelines” for the disposition of city-owned property.

Currently, policy dictates that the mayor identify properties that the city wishes to put on the market. City council must then approve the property, as well as one of four methods of disposal: open bid, request for proposal (RFP), direct negotiation or economic development option. If council approves, the administration is cleared to negotiate with a potential buyer or execute the RFP process; city council’s approval is required once again at the end of the process.

“In a nutshell, the Mayor and Council essentially touch the process twice,” City Administrator Bill Reynolds wrote in a March 26 email to council, describing the process as “burdensome.”

On Monday, council will consider adopting a more “streamlined” approach. Under a proposed new policy, the mayor selects properties, determines the method of disposal—bids, RFP or negotiations—and then brings the final deal to council for approval or rejection.

“The requested revision to the process will ensure that the City can respond to potential buyers or lessees in a timelier manner by reducing the disposal options (open bid, RFP, Direct Negotiation) and allowing the Mayor to determine the applicable transaction method,” Reynolds wrote. “Such changes will reduce the overall time required to dispose of surplus property, define accountability, and optimize the opportunity to secure and maintain the interest of qualified purchasers or lessees.”

The issue is before the council because Vice President Jewel Cannada-Wynn requested that the policy be placed on the agenda. Monday’s COW begins at 3:15 p.m. at Pensacola City Hall.

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  • Ames April 9, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    Awww, catch a train I bet you will enjoy the ride. You can move about, go to the lounge car, the dining car, the observation car It’s a nice way to travel. Take the whole family.

  • no deal April 9, 2013 at 11:17 am

    That is great Ames – enjoy the long, slow ride. My guess is the service will be comparable to what you get nowadays on the airlines – pack of peanuts and surly employees.

  • Ames April 9, 2013 at 10:34 am

    Well I think it will come back, and likely will even expand by adding a south to north route through Alabama, which is a beautiful state. However, there very well may be no train station in Pensacola but I will gladly catch a train elsewhere and travel north or west. Pensacola doesn’t play well with others and I don’t see that changing around the bend.

    Another opportunity, passed over. I wonder if Hayward attended this meeting:

  • Choo Choo April 9, 2013 at 5:50 am

    Ames – thank you for the touch of nostalgia but it does not justify the continued mothballing of the city owned property which has lied dormant for years. The reality is that Amtrak is not coming back. The good news is that you still have your memories.

  • Ames April 8, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    CarroWorld -I see you never took a ride in the Sunset Limited. I rode that train many times and by the time it pulled into the station at Tallahassee it was full. Traveling by rail is very popular. Oh, the leisure of reading and napping and conversing while in route just can’t be beat. No long lines, generously sized comfortable seats, dining tables adorned with starched white linens and fresh flowers and fabulous food…and the Bananas Foster challenges the best that Three Sisters ever made.

  • joe April 8, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    I find CJ Lewis’s comments and insight useful and worth , usually spending too much time reading. I do not understand all the references to the “property does not belong to the city. It belongs to the CRA or CMPA”. Aren’t the CRA and CMPA merely entities created to develop, lease and administer the leases on what is City property, with these boards being created to facilitate the process? So if a City staff member or the Mayor can streamline these processes, isn’t that the ultimate goal anyway?
    Admittedly, I’m not involved with gov’t or even politics but I pay taxes and the current system isn’t working well.

  • Carro world April 8, 2013 at 10:35 am

    Remember the Amtrak train that fell in the swamp in Louisiana a few years ago. Now that is what I call a true ecotourism adventure! I think I would rather take a Greyhound….

  • SAM April 8, 2013 at 8:51 am

    Washington, DC to San Francisco, one-way, departing April 15

    Amtrak $218, no sleeper, no meals, 3 days if no breakdowns (took mother-in-law 4.5 days, which cured her of romantic notion of train travel)

    American Airlines $183

    Delta Airlines $190

    Jet Blue $194

    United Airlines $213

    Non-stop (slightly more)

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