The Tauranga City Council is involved in negotiations with the Merivale Community Centre over a property deal.
Councillor Murray Guy revealed the negotiations are going on when he asked at the beginning of Tuesday’s Council meeting why the issue is being kept in the confidential section of the agenda.
Murray Guy announced that Tauranga City Council is in negotiations with Merivale Community Centre over a property deal.
“I’m still firmly of the opinion they could be in the open with exception of the potential sale amount should elected members and the community choose to go that way,” says Murray.
Mayor Stuart Crosby told Murray he had ‘let the cat out of the bag’ by mentioning it.
Muray wanted to know how that could be when the Merival Community Centre is not itself involved in the commercial transaction.
"How can that breach senstivities, confidentiality and how it even qualifies as being confidential?"
"It wasn’t in the open part of the agenda, that’s why," says Stuart.
Council CEO Christine Jones says property discussions are kept confidential as sensitive property values, asking prices and negotiating ranges are part of the negotiations.
When Catherin Stewart said the Welcome Bay Community Centre discussions were held in open business, Stuart replied that that was a different situation.
The Welcome Bay Community Centre discussions involved property prices and valuations all discussed in open business.
Merivale Community Centre manager Graeme Cameron couldn’t be contacted this morning for comment.