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Armstrong plans property sale

By Staff | Jul 7, 2009

ARMSTRONG – The Armstrong City Council Monday night laid out plans for selling a city-owned property at 900 A Ave.

With interest expressed in the property, which includes an existing structure, the council discussed making remodeling or demolishing the structure a priority.

Council member Don Leach said the city should sell the property and have the buyer specify when it would be torn down or remodeled. “I would if possible like to see it remodeled,” Leach said. He said if the buyer could remove dead trees and brush and mow the law it would greatly improve the property’s appearance.

Connie Thackery, city clerk, noted an existing assessment for curb and gutter which was half paid. She said the city could waive the remainder of the assessment if it chose.

Mayor Marv Dailey said though if the house were torn down that the new owner should pay the assessment.

Thackery noted a total of $1,280 on the house in abstract fees and back taxes. That would likely be the minimum the city would need to recover from the property.

The council decided to move forward with taking bids and selling the property at its Aug. 3 meeting.

In other business, the council approved Dave Grussing to fill out the unexpired term of Brian Fuller who resigned since he moved outside the city limits.

Eric Dailey was approved as part-time temporary maintenance employee pending the return of Tom Leach from Marine recruit training.

The board agreed that it would resolve the issue of trimming around trees in the city cemetery.

In new business, the council approved cigarette license renewals for Hi-Way Grocery and Kum & Go. Also approved was a liquor license renewal for the VFW and beer permit and Sunday sales for Hi-Way Grocery.

The board approved a revolving loan to Dan Decker to purchase the 915 Restaurant. The loan represents 25 percent of the purchase price.

The board also approved incentives to help with the sale of lots at Suburban Estates. While final form has yet to be approved, the incentives would give an $800 credit toward water, sewer, and garbage for new residents. If a buyer wanted two lots, the first would be free and the second could cost .75 a square foot if the house were built within two years.

The board approved pay estimate no. 4 for the storm sewer project to Valley Contracting for $75,464.14. The city still retains 5 percent of the contract which Thackery said Valley would probably request at the August council meeting.

The council accepted a $10,000 grant from Emmet County Community Foundation for playground equipment for the southeast neighborhood park.

Also approved was Resolution No. 2009-3 to recognize the Northwest Iowa Regional Housing Trust Fund.