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CITY OF RIVER FALLS: 5/20/14 Special Council Meeting Minutes

Monday, June 16, 2014 - 11:20pm

SPECIAL MEETING - May 20, 2014
Council President Nordgren called the meeting to order at 5 p.m. in the City Council Chambers located in City Hall.
City Council Members Present: Dan Gulick, Scott Morrissette, Jim Nordgren, Diane Odeen, David Reese, Aaron Taylor
Members Absent: Mayor Toland, David Cronk
Staff Present: Scot Simpson, City Administrator; Buddy Lucero, Community Development Director
Others Present: Gretta Stark
The Pledge of Allegiance was said.
Resolution No. 5828 - Approving Sale of Land Between the City of River Falls and Best Maid Cookies
Resolution No. 5829 - Approving the Purchase of Land between Kuhn Family Trust and City of River Falls
Community Development Director Lucero gave a presentation to Council. In 2013, Council gave permission to staff to meet with the property owners of the Kuhn Trust and Best Maid Cookies. Best Maid Cookies is looking to expand but needs land. Staff has been speaking with the Kuhn family about purchasing their property. The Kuhn family wants to sell all of their land. A purchase price was agreed upon of $252,500. In negotiations, Best Maid Cookies agreed to pay $175,000 for the land.
Lucero said the resolutions would allow Best Maid Cookie to move forward with their expansion. The resolutions would allow the City to sell the land to Best Maid Cookie with remaining land to be zoned and annexed into the City. Lucero stood for questions.
Nordgren asked if more land would be needed when the bypass is made into four lanes. Lucero said an additional 50 feet was added when the bypass was put in. Nordgren asked about future expansion. Lucero said they want to put up storage and silos.
Alderperson Odeen asked about the expansion schedule. Lucero said they want to proceed as soon as possible. Alderperson Gulick asked about the remaining $75,000 and what funds it would be coming out of. City Administrator Simpson said general funds. He said the City would seek options to eliminate the expense by pursuing grants and other items. Simpson said it was a worthwhile expense. Alderperson Reese asked if there was any valuation on the improvement. Simpson said the driving force was the future and not the present. He said this was not a TID project. There was further discussion.
With no further discussion, Council President Nordgren noted the resolutions were contingent upon each other. Simpson said a motion to take care of both resolutions was in order.
MS Reese/Taylor move to approve the vacant land resolution upon the condition the second resolution which sells the land to Best Maid Cookies is also approved.
Alderperson Morrissette wanted to abstain from the vote due to a conflict of interest. Nordgren indicated that he would be voting as a Council person.
Simpson clarified for the Council that the motion would handle both resolutions. Nordgren said yes it would be both.
Nordgren asked for a vote on the resolutions. The Council voted (Morrissette abstained) unanimously to pass both resolutions.
Motion by Reese to adjourn meeting at 5:10 p.m.
Respectfully submitted,
Kristi McKahan, Deputy City Clerk
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