Colona officials learned Monday that the city has received just one sealed bid for development of five of the eight lots at Greenview Addition. |
George McDanel bid the minimum for each of the five lots -- $25,000 for Lot No. 2; $22,000 for Lot No. 6; and $17,000 each for Lot Nos. 3,4, and 5. He also wants the city to waive water and sewer hook-up fees, but Mayor Danny McDaniel said he was not inclined to agree with that.
"The way I see it is the lots are reasonable priced already," the mayor said Monday night.
The offer must sit for 10 days to allow alternate bids. At their next meeting, the city council can accept the bid with a three-fourths majority or reject it with a simple majority.
A builder would have to have homes built within one year.
Also on Monday, Mayor McDaniel named Larry Swemline to chair a committee on possible uses for the former Church of God that the city now owns. Options include a senior center, a food pantry, a temporary community center or a concession stand off the back of the building, the mayor said.
Council members will work with MAPPING members on the project; public meetings will be announced in the future.
In other business:
-- Council members on Monday also agreed to let Rock River Arms start test-firing guns at 8 a.m. instead of 9 a.m.
"They have so much shipment going out, they have a problem getting it test-fired," said Ald. Mike King. "They said it would help them out tremendously."
Mayor McDaniel said the city did get noise complaints years ago, but others said it would be no different than a nail gun going off before 9 a.m.
-- Ald. Jack Richardson brought up electronic gambling, noting Colona could get 5 percent of revenue off the enterprise. Colona would have to create an ordinance to allow it.
Ald. King said he knew of no organization seeking the devices.
"All these other towns, businesses are coming to the council asking to do it," he said. "Are we jumping the gun?"
-- Mayor McDaniel reported a resident has asked about driving golf carts on city streets. He said he had another town's ordinance on the issue and wanted to let the aldermen think about it.
-- Alderman Swemline asked if the city had any recourse for an oil company charging 12 cents more per gallon in Colona than in a nearby town. Ald. Mary Carlson suggested he ask the company about it and report back to the council.
-- Ald. Carlson noted asbestos is being removed from the former TK's Restaurant prior to demolition, and she said she believed the asking price is still $400,000. The city earlier made an offer which was rejected.
-- The council voted to donate to the Colona Celebration on June 24.
-- It was noted the city is allowing caregiver meetings the first Monday of the month, 5:30-7 p.m., at the senior center
-- Council members noted Tennant Trucking has moved into its new location and La Hacienda restaurant plans to have a ribbon-cutting at noon July 10.
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