HOISINGTON — At a special council meeting on Monday, the Hoisington City Council unanimously approved the purchase of 60 acres on the west side of Hoisington as a path for growth.
“Hoisington created a path for growth,” said Hoisington City Manager Jonathan Mitchell. The city has long been land-locked, and land that was available was in the flood plain.
Recently, property has opened up with the new housing subdivision, McKenna Meadows. It has six lots available for purchase, three of which are spoken for.
“Ninety-five percent of the (new) property is not in the flood plain,” said Mitchell. In the past, “We’ve looked at opportunities to grow. A lot of people on the outskirts were not willing to sell. Now we at least have a way to grow.”
“We’re very excited about the opportunity,” said Mitchell. The 60.6 acres are currently being farmed by a tenant. Mitchell said he sees no changes for the foreseeable future.
The city paid $150,000 or $2,500 per acre, which includes mineral rights.
The current owner, Gary Warner, submitted a signed contract on Monday. It will be signed by the council and the deed will be processed to complete the sale.
In other business, the council had a trash service owner make a presentation to the council about privatizing the trash service. This item was discussion only and no action was taken.