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Council to hold public hearings tonight

Three public hearings concerning property sales will be held at the top of the Webster City City Council meeting Monday.

The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. in the council chambers of city hall.

The council will consider authorizing and approving a purchase agreement with Black Hills/Iowa Gas Utility Co. LLC, for 5.28 acres in Lot 2, Southeast Development Park No. 4, between Mitchell Machine and the mini-storage units. Black Hills has offered the asking price of $132,000 for the property, according to a council memo. The memo also stated that the location is intended for construction of an operations center including a warehouse, pull-through bays, laydown yard and office space.

The second hearing concerns a purchase agreement for eight lots in Brewer Creek Estates 5th and 6th additions, by J. Larson Homes of Des Moines. The purchase price is $259,960.

The final hearing will look at an offer to buy a city-owned parcel by Ruddy K. Lester. According to a council memo, the city has received an offer to buy the property formerly addressed as 1513 River St. The property had previously had a vacant dilapidated dwelling which the city demolished after obtaining ownership through the courts. Lester, who owns adjacent lots, has offered $1,500 for the parcel.

The council will also review the second modification and amendment of the real estate contract with Webster City Day Care, and the restructured loan agreement with Riverview Early Childhood Center. Both organizations approached the council to seek out ways to restructure their agreements with the city.

In other business, the council will:

• consider a request to update the phone system for city offices;

• review a request from the fire chief to approve the purchase of five sets of turnout gear;

• hear an update from Snyder and Associates Engineers with discussion on the proposed Second Street Project;

• hear a report from the Kendall Young Library’s attorneys regarding possible modifications to the Kendall Young Library Trust.

The council is also scheduled to go into closed session at the close of the meeting as provided by Chapter 21.5 j of the Code of Iowa.

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