City Council approves sale of Nelson Park

Shown is part of the site plan for the new park near the middle school.

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STEVE SMITH SSMITH@LACLEDERECORD.COM

The Lebanon City Council approved the sale of Nelson Park to White River Marine Group for $2.5 million at a special meeting Tuesday night.
The company plans to use the property to expand its Tracker Marine operations in Lebanon.
In a separate, but related contract, the company has agreed to purchase 20 acres located directly adjacent to the middle school. The City of Lebanon and the Lebanon R-III School District have reached a tentative agreement for a shared-use park facility which will occupy the purchased land as well as land owned by the school district, according to an announcement from the city.
"This will be a shared-use facility between the Lebanon R-IIII School District and our residents," said Lebanon Mayor Jared Carr in a city press release. "The facility will include four ball diamonds, a concession stand, and eventually soccer and T-ball fields."
Officials plan to have the new complex ready by spring of 2020.
The sale of the park was met with some opposition from people attending Tuesday night’s meeting. They complained that the meeting had been announced only the day before giving them little notice.
“A couple of years ago when you guys sold off the buildings on the south side of the park three or four years ago there was advance notice of the meeting and this room was packed,” Cheryl Oberdieck said. “The public was against it, you did it anyway but at least the public had a chance to get here and talk to you first.”
Mayor Carr said part of the reason for the short notice was to get the process started in time to be completed for next season.
More information on the park sale will be included in a future edition of the LCR.

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