I have to join my colleagues, Polacco and Teetsel in their apprehension of using Eminent Domain for this property. I voted in favor of hiring the special attorney to draw up the initial action, with the intent that the Motel owners would get the hint, but since the back taxes issue has come up, I have to believe Eminent Domain is overkill.
The Kings Inn is closed up and has become less of a focus of the police department than in the past. With the lack of people, there is less opportunity to invite trouble.
Polacco is right when he says the eminent domain proceedings are likely to cost the city hundreds of thousands of dollars. He is quoted in the Freeman: "It is already over. We got them shut down. We won." I have to agree with him here.
When Polacco says that the whole matter should take a natural course, either by the owners selling or the city foreclosing on the property for non-payment of taxes, he’s right. SN Management (who owns the Kings Inn) owes over $115 thousand in combined taxes. With the track record of this council, related to delinquent taxes, I don’t see SN Management getting away with any extensions or payment plans.
The special permit to operate as a shelter for the county’s homeless will never be granted, so the desire for a future developer to purchase the building with that as a business model is closed.
A public hearing on the King's Inn eminent domain effort will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in City Hall, 420 Broadway.