follow up to the LNO article "City Council
Apologizes", posted on February 28, 2002, concerning the
former Couch property, (CLICK
SEE ORIGINAL ARTICLE), LNO stated plans to request, via Open
Records, documents concerning the construction cost.
property was leased to the developer of the Villages for $10 per
month and Councilman Ginny Tigue said the lease amount was
justified because the developer spent $15,000 on
improvements. The developer, Richard Myers, was quoted by
the Dallas Morning News as having spent $25,000.
the Couch property is public property, LNO requested the city
produce documents that would clarify the funds spent.
records on the building were requested as follows:
is requesting the details, including copies of invoices or any
other documentation pertaining to the improvements to this city
owned building by Mr. Myers or his companies. In specific,
we are requesting an accounting of the private funds spent on this
public building by Mr. Myers and/or his companies and any public
funds that have been spent for the same building.
original lease is dated January 22, 2002 and signed by Mayor Donna
Arp and Richard Myers. In addition to the $10 per month
lease rate, the lease document contained Exhibit A listing the
items the tenant will renovate.
to see Exhibit A to the Lease Agreement
The exhibit lists 8 items.
made the request on February 27, 2002 and was notified on March 8,
2002 that the information was available to pick up at City Hall.
documents supplied by the city show a permit request received by
the City of Colleyville stamped January 8, 2002.
This date for a permit request is 2 weeks prior to the lease
document being executed by Mayor Arp.
response to its request, LNO received 5 items as follows:
Original Permit Request -
document signed by Jimmy Archie, VP of Realty Capital requests a
permit to install a wall, w/ electrical, paint and carpet.
It lists the total area being remodeled is 1,290 sq.ft with an
estimated value of $4,500.
original lease listed the property as having a total of 1,464
sq.ft. While the lease had not been signed, the note on the
bottom of the request notes, "Issue permit per Diane (sic)
McWethy" with a handwritten date of 1-12-01.
Permit Charge - Click
document reflects the permit charge of $151.25 approved and a
permit date of January 10, 2001.
Permit Receipt - Click
documents appears to be a receipt for the amount above.
4.) Electrical Inspection - Click
is a copy of an electrical inspection by the City of Colleyville
indicating 13 light openings, 1 switch and 8 plugs and a fee of
document is supplied without comment includes the copy of a
contractor business card and a hand written address of Realty
are the only documents the city supplied under an inclusive Open
Records Act request. There is no explanation why permits were issued
prior to the executed date of the lease on a public building or
further documentation of the estimated numbers quoted by
Councilman Tigue of $15,000 or Mr. Myers of $25,000.
has emailed the following requesting further
Archie, VP Development Realty Capital
March 11, 2002
Mr. Archie, below is a direct link to the LNO article concerning
the funds expended on the public property leased by you, formerly
known as the Couch Property. LNO has been unable to document
the $25,000 in improvements as noted by Mr. Myers. We would
appreciate further clarification on this issue and why the permit
was requested prior to the lease documents being signed by Mayor
Tigue, Councilman Place 5, Mayor Pro-Tem
When voting to renew the lease on the property, formerly known as
the Couch property, you stated that the developer had been given a
$10 per month lease previously partly because he had done $15,000
in improvements. LNO has been unable to document the
expenditures from city records and is hereby requesting your
assistance to document these expenditures. Thank you in
advance for your assistance. The link below will direct you
to the March 11, 2002 article on LNO.
Lindley, City Manager Colleyville, Texas
LNO has run a series of articles on the Couch property purchased
by the city. The latest article is in the matter of the
discrepancy concerning the improvement amount to this property. In
our Open Records request LNO was provided only with five
documents, all in reference to a permit for $4,500. We would
appreciate being able to report how the improvement dollar amount
was verified on this public property and an explanation of how
permits were requested on January 8, 2001, issued on January 10,
2001 and the lease was not signed until January 22,2001.
Thank you for your assistance.
will post the responses, unedited, upon receipt and a follow up to
these additional questions concerning the Couch property.