September 18, 2014
The city of Sparks will likely bow out of its pursuit to buy Wildcreek Golf Course, City Councilman Phil Salerno said.
Salerno, who is also chairman of the Reno Sparks Convention and Visitor's Authority, made his comments Monday after the RSCVA's finance and personnel committee announced it would open bidding for the course to both public and private entities, or "anybody who wants it," the Daily Sparks Tribune reported.
"At that point the city of Sparks should pull out," Salerno said.
Sparks made an unsuccessful bid for the course 1999. The city was preparing to make another bid during the last few months, but wanted exclusive negotiating rights, something the tourism agency rejected.
Salerno said he conferred with City Manager Shaun Carey, as well as some other council members who agreed that the city shouldn't compete with other interested parties.
"I won't support it if negotiations are open to the city of Reno, the county and private enterprises," Salerno said.
Terri Thomas, Sparks' finance director, said earlier that a bidding war should be avoided.
Washoe County has also expressed interest in buying the course.