by Jordan Green

Items from across the Triad and beyond

High Point council moves forward with parkland purchase from school district

The High Point City Council authorized staff to proceed with plans to purchase 9.8 acres of undeveloped land adjacent to Miracle League Athletic Complex for $300,000 from Guilford County Schools in a split vote on Monday.

The property will be added to the city’s parks system. Most of the funds to purchase the land will come from a 2004 parks and recreation bond, which holds about $295,000, Parks and Recreation Director Allen Oliver said.

Mayor Bernita Sims, at-large Councilman Britt Moore, Ward 1 Councilman Jeffrey Golden, Ward 3 Councilwoman Judy Mendenhall and Ward 5 Councilman Jim Davis voted to move ahead with the purchase. At-large Councilwoman Becky Smothers, Ward 2 Councilman Foster Douglas, Ward 4 Councilman Jay Wagner and Ward 6 Councilman Jason Ewing opposed the deal.

Smothers had unsuccessfully attempted to gain support for a motion amending the amount to $291,300 — the amount of the property’s assessed tax value less $3,000 as the cost of appraisal.

“And I think it’s because the taxpayers are getting ripped off,” she said, explaining her vote against purchasing the property with the $300,000 price tag.

Oliver said if the city did not spend the bond funds to purchase the land next to the athletic complex, it could acquire parkland in the Westchester Drive area instead.

“This land is the best use of those funds in my opinion,” said Davis, who represents the ward where the property is located. — JG

Greensboro breaks ground on Lake Jeanette library

The city of Greensboro will break ground on a new branch library on Lake Jeanette Road in north Greensboro Wednesday afternoon. Voters approved a $3.6 million bond in 2006 for the 15,000-square foot library, which replaces the Northeast branch library that closed in 2002. The new library will also be called the Northeast branch library although it is located in north-central Greensboro and the McGirt-Horton branch library is in the city’s northeast quadrant.

The new library will include an outdoor seating area, indoor community meeting and event space, a snack and coffee bar and a children’s area. The groundbreaking is at 2 p.m. on Wednesday and is open to the public. — EG