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PUYALLUP: Dirty deeds not done cheap

Letter by A. David Churchman, Puyallup on May 9, 2011 at 10:33 am with 5 Comments »
May 9, 2011 10:33 am

Want to sell a few useless acres of swampland for half a million dollars ? Contact Puyallup City Hall. Puyallup has been cementing its decades-long reputation for dubious real estate transactions.

This past week, City Manager Ralph Dannenberg tried to slip such a purchase under the radar at a council meeting. Citizens protested, and it was squelched – for now. When absent Mayor Kathy Turner returns, it may well be overturned.

The fact that the seller of this property is a former local area mayor is surely “completely coincidental.” The rationale for the purchase was to support the eventual widening of Shaw Road. But that is not envisioned for eons and is not funded.

What adds to the futility is that the land has been for sale for three years without a buyer. Not surprising. It’s a swamp.

What is odd is that the $515,000 was coming from the very same fund that pleaded poverty just two months ago. Citizens have since had to pay new fees to cover $2.5 million of new bonds to pay for the lost landfill litigation.

Dirty deeds, not done cheap !

Leave a comment Comments → 5
  1. puyallupmutt says:

    Isn’t Kathy Turner a real estate agent also ? Something smells rotten.

  2. CrazyJim says:

    Cronyism in Puyallup?

    First time I heard of it.


  3. nwcolorist says:

    Puyallup used to be such a quiet little farming community. Now it you read about weird stuff there all the time. It’s very sad.

  4. enotrams says:

    What piece of swamp land in Puyallup is worth $515,000? Please identify the parcel number.

  5. Exactly. Swamp even with a run down house on it is not worth $515,000. The swamp is on 12th Ave SE near the bottom of Shaw Road.
    Another question is who was getting what “finders fee” and set up payola ?
    Puyallup City Hall should be investigated.

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