Park designation issue on ballot

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Englewood voters will be asked in November to decide whether a list of city properties should be officially designated as parks.

Lou Ellis, city clerk, told the city council at the Aug. 19 meeting that residents collected the required number of signatures to place the issue that would change the municipal code to include official designation of park property within Englewood on the November ballot.

The proposal lists the sites to be designated parks and requires a vote of the people for the city to sell any park property. The city properties listed in the proposed ballot issue include Baker, Barde, Bates-Logan, Belleview, Centennial, Clarkson, Cushing, Depot, Duncan, Emerson, Hosanna, Jason, Miller Fields, Romans and Rotolo.

City Attorney Dan Brotzman told councilmembers they could adopt the petition wording as written and it would not be on the November ballot. He also noted that the city can’t designate land it doesn’t own as a park, and he pointed out that the Hosanna site is owned by the school district and that the depot would no longer be a city-owned site if the council voted to sell it, which has since occurred.

Councilmember Rick Gillit made a motion to remove the “whereas” wording that isn’t in the original petition. The issue failed by a vote of 6-1, with Gillit the only vote in favor of the amendment.

Councilmembers then voted unanimously to certify the question and put it on the ballot as written.

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