Council gets land

City aquires vacant property

The council approved and accepted the acquisition of property at 1118 John St. during their meeting on Monday evening.

The city has been dealing with this property since February of 2015 regarding an Unsafe Building notice. The city petitioned the courts to take possession of the dwelling.

According to the city packet, the city public works director is in the process of getting quotes for the cost to demolish the property.

The city has also obtained a Quit Claim Deed for the adjacent lot owned by the same property owner. The council also approved and accepted the quit claim deed on behalf of Naturlich Health and Beauty Corp.

The council approved a series of resolutions obligating funds from the Urban Renewal Tax Fund for appropriation to the payment of Annual Appropriation Tax Increment Financed Obligations. All of which shall come due in the next fiscal year.

These include: Fareway, WCF Financial Bank, 3DK Enterprises, Shopko, and WC Custom Meats.

The council approved a request from Webster City Fire Chief Chuck Stansfield to purchase a battery powered combination spreader/cutter tool for the fire department.

This tool, according to Stansfield, will increase the speed by which patients would be extricated from their vehicles.

The council approved amending the salary of the city manager. City manger Daniel Ortiz-Hernandez’ salary will be increased by two percent, with a total base wage effective Oct. 31, 2017 of $107,120.

The council approved authorizing the mayor and city clerk to execute documents in connection with a $1,000,000 United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Economic Development Loan and Grant Program to Mary Ann’s Specialty Foods.

The council discussed the possibility of changing the city council’s meeting time beginning in January of 2018.

According to Ortiz-Hernandez, the chamber is looking for a site for their Christmas tree downtown.

The HERO Angel Tree project is ongoing. To pick up a tag, visit the Webster Theater during 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. any day of the week.

The next city council meeting will be held on Monday, Dec. 4 at 5:30 p.m. in the council chambers.