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|Galesburg Property Sale Tabled
|The Galesburg City Council clearly wants to, at least, look differently at how city-owned parcels of land are sold.
Aldermen Monday night voted to table the seeking of bids for the sale of 67 properties, and each had different reasons for doing so.
For his part, First Ward Alderman Ken Goad says the city should eventually get out of the real estate business altogether -- something he urged prior to last year's sale, and thinks there might be an easy way to do that. "I think we need to do away with the development plan for one year, and see what happens to properties," Goad said, referring to a requirement that anyone bidding on an available property be required to submit a plan for development of the land, or their bid will be automatically rejected.
Goad says many properties have been unable to be sold over the years because a development plan is required of all prospective bidders.
Sixth Ward Alderman Wayne Allen says he'd like to see two provisions added before properties are sold. "I think that we should put a small minimum (bid) on those lots and also, maybe, put another (stipulation) on there, if they don't keep them mowed or keep them up, that they revert back to the city," Allen said.
One resident suggested none of the properties should be sold, and believes the timetable with which the properties would be sold is also too quick. Bids would be considered for council approval in June.
Aldermen will take up the proposed sale again in two weeks.
(Mayor Sal Garza, issues a proclamation Monday night for Public Service Recognition Week. At left is Galesburg Police Officer Robert Nichols. WGIL News Story and Photo by Will Stevenson.)
|05 04 09 by Newsroom
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