Since the WOOD-TV “news” story last week, there has been quite a bit of misinformation regarding the land sale between the City of Wayland and Keith Nickels and Josh Otto.
There is a perception that Mr. Nickels and Mr. Otto were “coached” in terms of what to offer for the purchase of the property. This is 100% untrue.
At no time did this occur. Mr. Nickels posed the question to me if City Council would consider a purchase offer for $20,000. My response to him was simply that I could not speak for City Council, but that if he did make an offer to purchase, I would present it to Council.
I believe that Mr. Otto simply misspoke on the WOOD-TV story. Most of us seldom are asked questions while the cameras are rolling. I believe that in his enthusiasm to discuss this potential opportunity, he made an honest mistake in that statement.
There was absolutely no “coaching” of either Mr. Nickels or Mr. Otto. There were no “back room deals” or “secret deals.” People are entitled to their own opinions on the potential sale of city property, but not their own “facts.”
I felt that this point needed clarifying.
Tim McLean, City Manager, City of Wayland