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Early 1900s - The first house was built at 9213 - 97 street.
1936 - The Rama family moved into the house.
1948 - John and Bertha Rama replaced the house with the home that now stands on the property.
1998 - The Rama's sold the house to their granddaughter, Laureen Rama.
May, 2003 - Ms. Rama's lawyer approached the City to see if they were interested in buying the house. The City expressed interest verbally, however one staff person said they were not sure if they had the money for the purchase in the 2003 budget.
Summer, 2003 - Ms. Rama put the home for sale on the open market due to the slow process with the City.
October 17, 2003 - Michael Wild's offer to purchase was accepted by Laureen Rama. This activated the City's Right of First Refusal on the property giving the City 30 days to match the Wild offer.
November 14, 2003 - The City made an offer on the property. Although the City's offer matched the Wild offer financially, it did not match the conditions. Most notably, the Wild offer had a possession date of December 15, 2003 and the City's offer had one of January 31, 2004.
November 17, 2003 - Ms. Rama's lawyer informed the City that their offer did not match the Wild offer.
- Since the 30 day period had expired without the City making a matching offer, the Wild offer to purchase became a binding agreement with Ms. Rama.
November 18 - December 11, 2003 - The City sent threatening letters to Ms. Rama's lawyer every few days trying to convince Ms. Rama to break her legally binding agreement with Mr. Wild.
November 25 , 2003 - Ms. Rama's lawyer asked the City to remove the caveat of First Right of Refusal from the title so the home could be sold to Mr. Wild or Ms. Rama would have to take the City to court to do so.
November 27 , 2003 - The City acknowledged the request and removed the First Right of Refusal allowing the sale of the property to Mr. Wild to proceed.
December 5, 2003 - The City sent a letter to Ms. Rama stating that if she sold the house to Mr. Wild, they would expropriate the property. This letter was forwarded to Mr. Wild.
December 15, 2003 - Mr. Wild took possession of his new home.
December 15 - January 23, 2004 - Mr. Wild put his business on hold and began renovating his new dream home.
January 23, 2004 - Edmonton Journal Reporter, Hanneke Brooymans, phoned Mr. Wild asking if he would like to comment on the City's plans to expropriate his house. In shock, Mr Wild agreed, he had not been notified the City was going ahead with the process of expropriating the property. Until this point, Mr. Wild viewed expropriation only as another threat put forward by the City, a threat that he was advised the City was very unlikely to be successful at completing because their case for the need for expropriation was weak.
January 24, 2004 - The Edmonton Journal article title "Owner fears losing ravine home to city's wrecking ball" was published. click here to read
January 24, 2004 to present - Mr. Wild started to receive an overwhelming response of support from neighbours, trail users and other citizens of Edmonton. These people he had never met Mr. Wild before, people concerned with their neighbourhoods; the City's inconsistent implementation of their Ribbon of Green Policy; and the City's abuse of their power of expropriation.
January 27, 2004 - Neighbour and long time advocate for the Mill Creek Ravine area, Butch Nutter, had his letter to the Journal titled "Residents provide round-the-clock security in ravine at no cost to city" published. click here read
January 27, 2004 - Members of the City's Transportation and Public Works Committee voted to recommend to Council to expropriate his home so they could tear it down. Committee members are L. Langley, Chair; D. Thiele, Vice-Chair; J. Batty and J. Melnychuk

February 3, 2004 - City Council voted on the following motion:
That Administration be authorized to take all steps required by the Expropriation Act in furtherance of the expropriation of a single-family residential property described as Lot 2, Block 5, Plan 1820 AX, excepting thereout all coal, standing in the name of Michael Wild and John Villanyi, as the registered owners of an estate in fee simple in the Land Titles Office of the North Alberta Land Registration District under Certificate of Title Number 032 503 308.

FOR THE MOTION: B. Smith; J. Batty, A. Bolstad, T. Cavanagh, R. Hayter, L. Langley, S. Mandel, J. Melnychuk, M. Phair, D. Thiele.
OPPOSED:
B. Anderson, E. Gibbons, K. Leibovici.

April, 2004 - The City served Michael Wild Notice of Intention to Expropriate citing the following reasons "to eliminate safety issues relating to the vehicular crossing of Mill Creek Ravine trail and for the consolidation with surrounding parkland and fulfillment of the City's Ribbon of Green Principle of establishing continuous river valley trails."
May, 2004 - Wild's Lawyer, Don Mallon, filed a Notice of Objection.


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