A city news release said councilwoman Michelle Cooper Kelly made the push to give the funds to the park.
Engraved bricks are being sold for a statue in the new Elizabeth Porter Park in Marietta.
Kelly, who is involved with the city’s historic preservation efforts, said in the release that the park committee formed in September 2015 to establish “a timeline between the historic hospital, the once popular canteen, and the final re-purpose to the Elizabeth Porter recreational facility. Needless to say, this facility meant a lot to the Baptist Town community.”
The city will need more than money to complete the park; it'll need a blessing from the Supreme Court of Georgia.
Ray Summerour owns Baptist Town’s last grocery store, Brenda’s Grocery, which was condemned by the city in 2014 after several years of failed negotiations to buy the land to create the park.
But Summerour successfully appealed the condemnation. The appeals court ruled the city violated the Landowner's Bill of Rights by not providing him with the details of the city's appraisal of the property.
And now the city wants to head back to the highest court in Georgia to get that ruling reversed.
The argument has essentially boiled down to a philosophical argument over whether the Landowner’s Bill of Rights is a hard-and-fast rule or merely guidelines.
You can read more about the current fight, its history and both sides of the dispute on myAJC.com.
The Georgia Supreme Court is considering for the first time a law known as the Landowner’s Bill of Rights in a case that could have implications for how private property is seized through eminent domain.