City Council to Vote on Purchase Knapp Land
Many people have worked a long time to see that the “Knapp” land near Castner Range be preserved. From the very beginning two owners, Dan Knapp and Sherry Mowles have wanted to sell the land to the city for its preservation. Sadly, Dan died last year but Sherry continued to pursue the sale.
The item is 21.1 on the regular City Council agenda for next Tuesday, February 6, 2018:
“Discussion and action on a Resolution authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract of sale pursuant to the terms of the acquisition term sheet, between Palo Verde Properties, L. P. and Jennifer Walker Hill (sellers) and the City of El Paso (buyer) for the purchase of approximately 280 acres for a purchase price of $3,500,000.00, to accept the donation of approximately 72.41 acres appraised at $1,340,000.00, out of Tract 1b, Section 7, Block 81, Township 2, Texas and Pacific Railway Company Surveys and for the dedication of approximately 13.59 acres to the City by plat as part of Sierra del Puerte unit 3 and unit 4 for open space.”
The environmental/conservation community led by the Franklin Mountains Wilderness Coalition are urging people to just be there whether they speak or not. Here is there announcement:
“Members of the Franklin Mountains Wilderness Coalition, and especially its Save Our Sierras committee, have been working to protect this nearly pristine land since before 2010. The property includes over 600 acres of privately-owned, undeveloped land on the eastern slopes of the Franklin Mountains in Northeast El Paso. The area is west of Galena St., east of the Franklin Mountains State Park, south of Castner Range and north of McKelligon Canyon.”
Problem is that the item is toward the bottom of the agenda which might force many people to wait for the whole meeting before addressing this item. It will also mean that only a small number of people who will be there to give moral support. elpasonaturally knows that the Mayor will be asked to move the agenda up on the agenda or District 4 Rep Sam Sam Morgan will be urged to make that request at the special City Council meeting on Monday.
Bottom line: Let’s keep an eye on this so, that as many people who can possibly be there, will be.