We were curious about this item on the Merced City Council's June 6 Consent Agenda. We are referring to Item H.10, File # 16-219 on the Merced City Council Agenda for June 6, 2016. You can see it here, among its brethren consent-agenda items:
What is the "First Amendment to Scope of Services?"
How many $20,000 amendments for fees can we expect to follow on future consent agendas?
What is a "Review of the Internal Services Funds for the Cost Allocation Plan?"
Does this description meet the Brown Act criteria for clarity?
We got a little farther with the identity of the consultant, Chad Wolford, but nonetheless wondered why a consultant from Chattanooga TN was required or desired to look into whatever internal services funds for the cost allocation plan might be aways out here in Californ'.
So, following Mark Twain's high respect for Tennessee journalism, we consulted the press around Chattanooga concerning who Chad Wolford might be, and his father, the hapless developer Bucky Wolford, and Chad's felonious brother Clint, who seems to be into vehicular manslaughter, mayhem, burglary and golf.
Our results are below.
Daily Inter Lake
Developer's Tennessee project sued for defaulting
The point man for Glacier Town Center has been sued in Tennessee for allegedly defaulting on a $2 million loan.
The Cornerstone Community Bank of Chattanooga, Tenn., filed a Feb. 13 lawsuit against Chad and Lindsay Wolford for defaulting on $1.982 million of a $2 million loan for them to set up a jewelry store and art gallery, according to the filed complaint.
Chad Wolford is vice president of Wolford Development, which is putting together the massive Glacier Town Center mall, commercial and residential project in northern Kalispell.
Chad Wolford - son of corporation president Bucky Wolford - has been the public face for Glacier Town Center in meetings in Kalispell in recent years.
There has been no indication that the problems of the upscale store - called The W Gallery - are legally or financially linked to Wolford Development or to Glacier Town Center.
The W Gallery and Wolford Development are located in the same building in Chattanooga.
Several attempts to reach Wolford or an appropriate Wolford Development official Monday were unsuccessful. Glacier Town Center's local attorney Ken Kalvig was unaware Monday of the Tennessee litigation, and declined to comment.
Cornerstone Community Bank's complaint alleges that it lent $2 million to Chad and his wife, Lindsay Wolford, on Dec. 14, 2007, to open The W Gallery as a retail store for jewelry, porcelain, china, silver and other collectible gifts.
The 5,100-square-foot store opened in May 2008 and Lindsay Wolford described it as having good Christmas season business, according to stories from the Chattanooga Times-Free Press.
The Wolfords had until Feb. 6 to repay the entire loan, the bank's complaint said.
Chad Wolford told the bank's representatives that the gallery intends to file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection, the complaint said.
A Hamilton County, Tenn., judge granted the bank's request to seize the jewelry that was the collateral for the loan, and sheriff's deputies did so on Feb. 13, the Times-Free Press reported.
The bank also obtained a court order to keep The W Gallery closed until the litigation is resolved, the paper reported.
Wolford told the Times-Free Press last month that the gallery had made all payments on the loan and had been negotiating to renew it, but the bank wanted more collateral.
"To force the closing of a new and growing business merely because the bank wished to increase its collateral is certainly discouraging to any new business enterprise that desires to open in Chattanooga," Wolford told the Times-Free Press two weeks ago.
Wolford also said he and his wife would decide whether to reopen the gallery in coming weeks.
Kalispell annexed the 485-acre Glacier Town Center site in January 2008.
At the same time, the City Council approved a preliminary plat for 191 of those acres to create 37 lots that are supposed to hold commercial buildings, including a 550,000-square-foot outdoor shopping complex, anchored by three stores of roughly 100,000 square feet each. One lot is to be set aside for a community center
Last year, Wolford Development had hoped to break ground on construction in the summer of 2008. So far, no city building permits have been issued for the project.
Reporter John Stang may be reached at 758-4429 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Fredo's Cat House
Kordax posted this on CMF and I thought it was worth a re-post.
Kordax: How many special criminal justice deal deals does one local person get around here?
A resident of the upscale Enclave in Hixson will be performing 10 days of public work with Habitat for Humanity after pleading guilty Tuesday to three counts of assault.
An aggravated burglary charge against James Clinton "Clint" Wolford, 39, of 3138 Enclave Bay Dr., was dismissed.
The charges grew out of an incident on May 2 when Wolford was involved in a confrontation with another Enclave resident, Dr. John Gwin of 3502 Enclave Bay Dr...
Some folks may recall when Clint Wolford (son of prominent Chattanooga businessman, Bucky Wolford) was drunk and killed a guy up on Corridor-J and got off with a slap on the wrist which consisted of being put on a work release program (house arrest) for 6 months. He was supposed to only leave his home to go to work and back, but that all changed when the judge who handled his case saw his name in the paper one morning pariticpating in a golf tournament. Turns out young Clint had played in numerous tourneys during his house arrest. So they locked him back up...Now he's in trouble again and gets another tap on the wrist.
Neighbors' Dispute At The Enclave Leads To Assault Charge
A resident of the upscale Enclave in Hixson is due in General Sessions Court on Thursday after being charged with three counts of assault involving a dispute with a neighbor.
James C. "Clint" Wolford, 39, of 3138 Enclave Bay Dr., is also charged with aggravated burglary in the May 2 incident.
Police said they were called to 3502 Enclave Bay Dr., at 7:30 p.m. to check out a disorder.
John Gwin, the homeowner, told police that Wolford, who is an official of Wolford Development, had come to his house to confront him.
He said he had been driving by the
Wolford residence and Wolford had shouted at him and waved his arms for him to slow down. He said he kept driving and made an obscene gesture toward Wolford.
He said after he got home, Wolford knocked on the door and forced his way in the house, while pushing on his chest and shouting and cursing.
He said he ordered Wolford out of the house.
Brenda Gwin said she heard the disorder and came and got herself between the two men, "thinking that the intruder would not lay hands on a woman." But she said he grabbed her by her upper arms and pushed her out of the way.
John Gwin III, who is 17, then came downstairs and ordered Wolford to "get out."
Police said the younger Gwin lunged at Wolford as he was coming further into the house.
Police said Wolford shoved the elder Gwin into the den, and he and the younger Gwin got in a wrestling match in which John III was thrown to the floor.
Officers said Wolford hit the younger Gwin's head on the floor, causing a knot.
The elder Gwin got 911 on the line and, by that time, the younger Gwin had subdued Wolford, it was stated. He agreed to leave.
Mrs. Gwin said she could smell alcohol on Wolford's breath.
She said it "took both of the men in the family to subdue the suspect."
Wolford was released after posting a $16,000 bond.
He is due to appear before Judge David Bales.
Glacier Mall saga one of bad timing
Eleven years after Wolford Development, of Chattanooga, Tenn., first proposed building a giant shopping mall in the Flathead Valley, the 485-acre site for the proposed mall north of Kalispell has reverted back to the previous owner.
The project has a long and complicated history as it relocated from Evergreen to U.S. 93 north of Reserve Drive. In its most recent incarnation, developers Chad and James “Bucky” Wolford planned to build 600 new residential units and about 2 million square feet of new retail and commercial space under the name Glacier Town Center.
Now that the land is back in his hands, Roger Claridge said he’ll put the wheat field back into production and wait to see what happens with the economy.
With 25 years of retail experience, Bucky Wolford started looking for potential mall sites in the Flathead in May 1999. He submitted a request to the county in July 2001 for a growth policy amendment and zone change for a 147-acre site in Evergreen. The county commissioners approved his requests several months later.
As the Glacier Mall project grew to 247 acres with a 750,000-square-foot mall, the city of Kalispell sued in October 2001 claiming any project within the joint city-county planning jurisdiction must be approved by both parties. After Wolford revised his planning requests and applied for annexation into Kalispell, the Kalispell City Council approved the growth policy amendment 5-4 in July 2002.
The proposed site, however, sat on a shallow moving aquifer, and in January 2003, Wolford announced plans to relocate the project to a 485-acre site at U.S. 93 and Reserve Drive. He submitted a new growth policy amendment and zone change request for 274 acres of general business zoning, 143 acres of 5-acre suburban-agricultural zoning and 64 acres of mixed office and residential development.
After receiving 2,507 comments opposed to the $150 million project and 1,861 in favor, the county commissioners unanimously approved Wolford’s request in November 2003. Within a month, opponents had organized a voter-petition drive, and two grassroots groups, North 93 Neighbors and Let The People Vote, sued in court.
On Feb. 16, 2005, saying the county had followed state law and the plaintiffs failed to show evidence of spot zoning, District Court Judge Stewart Stadler ruled in favor of Wolford. North 93 Neighbors said they might appeal the case to the Montana Supreme Court.
Over the next few years, however, as more than a million square feet of new retail sprouted up along U.S. 93 just south of his proposed project, Wolford gave up the idea of a giant enclosed mall and replaced it with a “lifestyle center” to be built in phases.
The additional retail development on U.S. 93 also created traffic issues with expensive solutions. While the city of Kalispell expressed concerns about too many traffic lights on U.S. 93, Wolford was looking at a $5 million interchange and costly traffic impact fees.
Wolford’s patience paid off when the Kalispell City Council approved the Glacier Town Center in January 2008 and agreed to annex the site. By the end of the year, however, Wall Street collapsed, the global economy went into a deep recession, and the mall project moved into a holding pattern with no end in site.
The impact of the recession was driven home when Wolford’s son, Chad, was sued by a Chattanooga bank on Feb. 13, 2009, for defaulting on a $2 million loan for a planned jewelry store and art gallery there. Chad Wolford was the vice president and spokesman for the Flathead Valley mall project. A Tennessee judge granted the bank’s request to seize jewelry put up as collateral for Wolford’s loan.