first_imgWEST COVINA – A 10-acre lot on the south end of town is proving to become the latest battleground in West Covina, as residents, city officials and former officials square off in a debate about its future. Nearly 800 residents have signed a petition asking the City Council to not sell 10 undeveloped acres of Shadow Oak Park. The petition comes in response to the council’s 4-1 vote to send written offers to prospective buyers of the property. City officials said the letters were sent out to see how much money could be gained that would benefit the community, such as buying a replacement for an outdated communications system. But residents opposed to the project say officials opened the door to development that will add to traffic and negatively affect their quality of life. “The whole park was given to the city as a park,” Williams said. “To use it as something else is something I don’t think is fair.” Mike Miller, a former councilman and city employee, has claimed the council acted illegally according to government code when it went into negotiations with Rowland regarding the property. The members had to first vote declare the 10 acres as surplus property, he contended. “You have to \ land equal to or larger than” the 10 acres, Miller said, adding there should also be a public hearing before the land is sold. However, City Attorney Arnold Alvarez-Glasman said the city did nothing illegal. “At this point, the city has not declared it surplus,” Alvarez-Glasman said. If the city was to declare the property surplus, he said, a public hearing would have to take place first. [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2472160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsRumors are circulating in the neighborhood that Rowland Unified School District is interested in buying the park to build a continuation school. However, officials at neither Rowland USD nor West Covina City Hall have not confirmed that claim. The city, however, is in negotiations with Rowland regarding the property. “We’re probably like other agencies, waiting to see if (the city) declares (the land) surplus,” said Rowland Superintendent Maria Ott, who added it is premature to speculate what the district would want to do with the land. Alfred Williams, a 30-year resident of West Covina, has been on a mission to get the council to change its vote: He’s sent out fliers to his neighbors urging them to speak up at council meetings and collected the signatures on the petition. He said the neighborhood wants a park – not condos, schools or houses. last_img read more