City reschedules bid submission date on East 5th property sale
By Jan Schultz
The Imperial Republican
Due to a missed deadline on the legal advertisement, the city has rescheduled the bid submission date for a lot it plans to sell on East 5th Street.
The city council adopted a modified ordinance at their Feb. 16 meeting, changing the bid deadline to March 13 at 3 p.m.
The lot is located at 315 East 5th St., and was declared surplus property at an earlier council meeting. The city obtained the property in July 2014 and removed the abandoned home that was uninhabitable. The lot has been leveled.
Other details and conditions of the sale can be obtained at the city office.
A minimum bid of $10,000 has been set, and sealed bids must be submitted in writing by 3 p.m. on March 13 to the city office.
It’s expected the council will address the bids at the March 16 regular meeting.
A number of other issues were dealt with at last week’s council meeting.
Lease fee on water tower
Aaron Greene, owner of Chase 3000, met with the council on the lease rate his business pays for attaching equipment to the city water tower.
At an earlier meeting, the council discussed raising Greene’s annual fee of $900 after comparing fees in other communities.
The lease rate for Chase 3000 has not raised since the agreement was first signed in November 2007. It automatically renews each November on the signing anniversary.
Greene told council members he would like to continue the lease arrangement if the increase isn’t drastic. In a comparison to similar lease arrangements in the area, Mayor Dwight Coleman noted Chase 3000’s rate is among the lowest.
No decision was made, but the council plans to discuss it further.
The council approved a Planning Commission recommendation that okays a request from Steve and Nancy Sowers to replat three small lots into one at 12th and Court Sts. They anticipate building a garage on the property at a later date.
A wage of $13.50 per hour was approved for new public works employee Brandon Beard, who replaces Kathy Pankonin. The council also approved 50-cent pay hikes for Ray Murillo and Chayse Magnetti.
No action was taken, but the council plans to sell the pivot and submersible well now located on the Cornerstone property. A resolution declaring it surplus property will be addressed at the next meeting.