In a unanimous vote Tuesday night, Martinsville City Council gave City Manager Leon Towarnicki permission to execute a sales agreement for the summer college-league baseball team.
Not "negotiate," "execute." Without disclosing to the public what the agreement is.
...as part of the preliminary contract details, there are clauses built in that would allow the city to buy back the Mustangs if NSS wants to relocate.
Ok, first right of refusal, but... standy by...
...there was no real discussion concerning the sale before Councilwoman Jennifer Bowles made a motion to give Towarnicki permission to execute the agreement. Councilwoman Kathy Lawson seconded Bowles’ motion.
In other words... the deal was already made. So... let's have the details of the deal...
The sales agreement proposal was not on the council meeting’s agenda for discussion. It was part of an addendum to the agenda packet provided to the media just before the meeting. The addendum was not emailed to the media prior to the meeting, as is the customary practice of city officials.
In other words... a back door deal and done so anyone with concerns isn't afforded the opportunity to ask questions.
... a copy of the currently proposed terms and conditions was not immediately available from city officials. However, the agenda addendum packet report states that city officials agree to negotiate with NSS initially for a two-year period.
Execute a sales agreement that is negotiable for two years? Now that's a new one.
For a while, Towarnicki said, the city has investigated options to make improvements to Hooker Field, such as covered seating and renovated concessions, restroom and office areas. Under the preliminary sale agreement, if the city takes no action within the next two years to make such improvements, NSS can sell or relocate the Mustangs, as long as the city is given the right of first refusal to buy back the team at the final negotiated sale price plus any documented net investment made by the firm, he said.
Ah.... so what you're saying is - if Martinsville doesn't foot the bill to upgrade the facility, then the Mustangs move. Forget the part about the City buying them back. If anyone thinks that's going to happen, forget it. ... AND remember the reason why the Phillies left? Because the city reneged on a mandate to upgrade the facilities.
Davidson told the council... If owning the Mustangs proves viable for NSS, the team will stay in Martinsville, he said.
In other words... if you upgrade the facilities and pay for it, we'll agree to stay.
Earlier this year, Towarnicki told the council the stadium needs about $1.5 million in improvements.
So there it is. $1.5 million is what it will cost the city to "sell" the Mustangs for a price that hasn't been disclosed.
Superman, this "sale" is going to cost the city more than the cable fiasco.