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‘No Sale’ for W’bago duplexes

November 13, 2011
by Sam Jefson, Register Staff Writer
The sale of two city-owned duplexes in Winnebago did not go according to plan.

City Administrator Austin Bleess reported to the council that no interested parties made a bid to buy the properties during an auction held Nov. 8.

Council members questioned Bleess about the short time frame impacting the interest in the duplexes. The properties had been advertised for sale since the city’s last council meeting Oct. 11. City officials had three weeks to draw up paperwork, advertise and plan open houses.

“The timeline was not an issue,” Bleess says. “The minimum price was.”

The duplexes, with four total units available, were being sold as a package deal for a price of $190,530.

“If council wishes to try and sell them again, we will have to change the minimum price,” Bleess says.

Ultimately, the City Council voted to table the issue until further notice.

“We can just let it die and try a different time,” Councilman Rick Johnson says.

Scott Robertson seconded the motion.

In other business the council:

•Voted to purchase a 2013 Ford Police Interceptor sedan. Cost of the vehicle is $25,500. Payments do not have to be made until delivery of the car.

•Voted to raise utility rates for water, sewer and storm sewer usage in 2012.

Those using less than 4,000 gallons a month will see a $1.14 increase to their utility bill. Those using 4,000 to 5,999 gallons a month will see a $1.32 increase and those using 6,000 gallons of water a month will see a $1.98 increase.

Bleess says 83 percent of customers in Winnebago use 6,000 gallons or less a month. Base fees will remain the same for all customers.

•Voted to certify the report of special assessments for unpaid utility bills, lawn mowing and snow removal charges. Delinquent bills will be added to real estate taxes.

A total of 41 city businesses and homeowners make up the list.

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