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City considers sale of south Main lot

POSTED December 6, 2011 4:05 p.m.

Years ago, it was a major business.
Then it was an empty building.
Then it became an eyesore.
And it eventually was turned into a vacant lot, at a significant public expense.
Now the story of a lot on south Main Street could go full circle.
The Great Bend City Council agreed Monday night to move ahead with preliminary steps that could lead to the possible sale of a city-owned lot at Seventh and Main.
City Attorney Bob Suelter explained he had been contacted by a party who has expressed an interest in the lot that once housed a large creamery building.
That interest brought up a procedure for selling city-owned property, which the council had previously discussed.
That procedure, as outline by Suelter, includes:
• Secure an appraisal from a certified appraiser.
• Publish a notice in the Tribune that bids are being accepted for the property.
• Establish a minimum bid amount.
• Receive sealed bids.
• Secure council approval for accepting the highest bid that meets or exceeds the appraisal.
• And, finally, convey the real estate.
Suelter said it would seem that policy would be important to follow for this property. “I thought that might be as good a way to go as any.”
There has been no discussion about what the lot would be worth, he added. “He’s made no offer to me.”
Setting that minimum might involve some discussion because the city paid to have the dangerous creamery structure removed, City Administrator Howard Partington advised. “We have an awful lot of money tied up in this lot.”
There will also be some concern about what plans a purchaser might have for the lot, it was noted.


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