MASON CITY – The Mason City Council spent 5 minutes firing a hotel developer for the second time on Tuesday night.
The meeting was called to order Tuesday night at 5 PM by the Mayor and on roll being called there were present, Bill Schickel, Mayor in the Chair, and the following Council Members: Adams, Jaszewski, Masson, Symonds, Thoma, Lee.
The meeting agenda was adopted; the agenda offered no chance for public input, and none was afforded by the mayor, according to meeting minutes.
The meeting was to consider a Termination of Agreement with G8 Development of San Diego: Motion, Jaszewski; 2nd, Thoma that Resolution No. 18-192, declaring the Purchase, Sale and Development Agreement by and between the City of Mason City and G8 Development, Inc. terminated in its entirety and approving and authorizing execution, delivery and recording of the Notice of Termination, be adopted. Discussion followed regarding the financing documents, why the information wasn’t supplied by G8, etc.
The resolution to fire G8 was approved unanimously.
Schickel adjourned the meeting at 5:05 PM.
Philip Chodur, G8 Owner, did not respond to questions from NIT about being fired. It appears highly probable that he will sue the City for Tuesday’s action.
Citizens of Mason City can only assume the project is moving ahead in some fashion.
At-Large council member Paul Adams today tells NIT in response to questions about the project that “it is a little too early at this point to know if there’s interest from another developer. I am hoping there is something on the agenda for November 6th for staff to take action on next steps.”
Mr. Adams says he remains “optimistic” the Renaissance Project can someday be completed. Currently, it consists of a hotel, multi-use arena, pavilion, skywalk and a convention center in the Music Man Square in downtown Mason City that some feel will rejuvenate the area.