CASPIAN—The Caspian City Commission will move forward on seeking bids for the salt barn property adjacent to the former City Hall.
At the council’s July 18 meeting, City Manager John Stokoski presented an appraisal of the property for the council’s approval. The city will seek a $3,000 minimum bid.
An offer to purchase the property was made by the new owner of the old City Hall, Michael Varney, who operates the business, Superior Psychological Services, at the site.
In his proposal, he indicated the purchase would include removing broken concrete and contaminated soil.
The city is not including the salt in the sale of the property.
mark stoor, project engineer with GEI Consultants, reported on the status of the Rural Development sewer project, noting it’s going “at a decent clip.”
Of the 20,000 feet of sewer main, 1,500 remains to be put in. Seeding and restoration work, he said, will be the upcoming priority in the coming weeks. A change order, adding more water main work, was also approved.
City Attorney Steve Polich told the commission there are still issues concerning the litigation between the city and the county involving TIF disbursement.
Legal terms still need to be worked out, he said. He hoped the matter would be resolved by August.
The TIF matter is affecting the city’s Downtown Development Authority project regarding improvement of parking areas for Aramark, because funding is being held up, Polich explained.
The DDA plans to take back two lots across the street from Aramark, improve them for employee parking, then lease them back.