Manny Rico, "when the federal government, state government says you made a mistake, fix it, we have no choice".
The words of Councilman Manny Rico earlier today after accepting that the city council will have to find almost 400,000 dollars to replace a park that was sold in 2003.
Rico and his fellow council men and women admit a mistake was made by his predecessors,
"you have to take responsibility for when you do make a mistake, and we do, no body is perfect, but this was a big one."
However councilwoman Carol Berz is concerned regarding the 2003 sale as she claims it was 40,000 dollars under the initial sale,
She told News 12 that "due to negligence, a federal and state encumbered park property was sold to a private party for $200,000, $40,000 less than its appraised price. greater care is needed in title transactions."
Former Parks and Recreation Director Jerry Mitchell served in the administration of then Mayor Bob Corker when the park was sold and explains why the site cost less
"The way I understood it, was McCallie, started lower than that price and we started higher, and it was sort of met, somewhere in the middle,"
The current city council need almost double the cash to replace the park and are looking to ensure something like this doesn't happen again.