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Kozak Urges Reconsideration Of Dinneen’s Purchase

Former Dinneen Car Dealership (Doug Randall/TSM)

Cheyenne Police Chief Brian Kozak is urging the Cheyenne City Council to reconsider it’s recent decision not to purchase the former Dinneen’s Car Dealership.

The Chief says a construction engineer has told him the appraiser hired by the city didn’t attach enough value to the building on the property, leading to an artificially low estimate of the true value.

Kozak also says the Dinneen’s property has the additional value of being located near the county I-T system. He says that’s important for the department’s 9-1-1 emergency system, adding that connecting to the I-T system from the Dinneen’s site would cost only about $20,000, while locating the building at a site removed from the downtown area could cost as much as $300,000.

The city council on a tie vote recently rejected purchasing the former car dealership, in large part because the price the city had negotiated for the purchase, $1.986 million, was roughly 20 percent more than the value of the property as estimated by  the appraiser hired by the city. Kozak says the engineer he spoke with said the property should be valued at over $ 2 million.

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