The Ellinwood City Council will meet at 7 p.m. Monday night in a special meeting to consider an agreement to purchase property. The owners of the property at 104 N. Main, Mark and Cassie Batchman, contacted city staff regarding a proposal to sell the property to the City. Staff has negotiated a proposed contract for Council’s consideration for the purchase of the property.
The building has been at the center of a controversial demolition of neighboring buildings undertaken by the city in September, 2014. The Cutting Edge Salon, owned by the Batchman’s, is located at 104 N. Main, next door to the city owned buildings. The demolition was halted when beams were removed improperly causing damage to their building. Since then, the Batchman’s have suffered financial consequences due to the incomplete demolition, including having their insurance dropped and attorney fees incurred as they protect their interests.
An executive session for the discussion of possible property acquisiion has also been requested.
Approval of a new utility easement is also on the agenda. As part of the KDOT project to rebuild storm drainage along Hwy 56 through Ellinwood is to relocate some existing utilities to a location south of the highway. This new utility easement will allow the city and several other utility companies to place their services in the new location.