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Council accepts bid for excess city property

By Staff | Mar 8, 2017

The Estherville City Council accepted the lone bid of $5,000 from Tyler Kilgore for excess property at 314 S. Eighth St., at its regular meeting on Monday.

City officials unsealed the single bid they received for the house on Monday, Feb. 27.

Officials stipulated that bids be in the form of an offer to purchase and rehabilitate the two-story brick house within a limited time frame; if the new owner complies, and will be the owner-occupant, a $10,000 grant from the city will be made available.

The council set a public hearing on the sale for 5 p.m. on March 20, its next meeting.

Kilgore agreed at the council meeting Monday that he will start cleaning up the property and fixing exterior issues with soffit, fascia, doors, window and roof.

The home has historical elements, including a clay roof and stained glass. Kilgore agreed to keep the clay roof as long as its repair did not exceed $1,500, and to keep all stained glass, but if the glass broke during his ownership, he would replace it with the most cost effective option.

The city agreed to provide a roll-off dumpster for two free dumps.

Kilgore said, “There is way more trash than that.”

Lyle Clarken had been hired by the city to clear the house from a plethora of debris and discarded items before the bidding began.

“The house is fine,” Kilgore said. “The issue is the garage. There is still a boat there, there is just a lot of stuff in the garage. There is debris in the yard.”

City administrator Penny Clayton said some of the yard debris remained there because it had been frozen to the ground at the time Clarken was clearing the property, and could not at that time be removed.

“Can we get five or eight or more roll off dumpster trips?” Kilgore said. “Those dumpsters [at three cubic yards] are honestly not very big.”