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 !