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Caspian to seek bids on property

CASPIAN—Local attorney Don Powell will now represent Caspian as its legal counsel after being hired by the board at its regular March 11 meeting.
    According to the unofficial minutes of the meeting, the city received two bids for the legal position: one from Don Powell for $150 per hour and another from Donn Atanasoff for $125 per hour. A motion was made by Commissioner Jody Menghini to hire Powell. Menghini, Commissioner Joe Varney and Mayor Mike Varney voted yes. Commissioner Tony Dallavalle voted no, and Commissioner Mark Stauber was absent.
    In old business, the commission took up a request by local resident Gary Thibert to purchase 3.3 acres of property on the corner of U.S. 141 and M-189 for possible new business construction.
    A motion was made to grant this request, but the vote ended deadlocked at 2-2 and the motion died. Dallavalle and Joe Varney voted yes, while Mayor Varney and Menghini voted no. According to the unofficial minutes, Menghini opined that the city shouldn’t sell the lot. Mayor Varney argued that the land was worth more than the appraisal stated.  
    The topic was brought up again later in the meeting during public discussion. Afterward, Menghini motioned to put the property up for bid with a minimum bid set at $16,690. Also, the motion stipulated that any potential purchaser must build on the property within two years and “in the event that the test well must be disturbed in any way, the property owner agrees to remove and cap based on the MDEQ method of abandoning a well which must be done by a licensed well driller” be put in the bid package.
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