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For sale: W’bago auctioning off vacant city lots

By Staff | Mar 15, 2015

Going once, going twice; the city of Winnebago is going to hold a land sale next month on lots which are currently city owned.

The City Council discussed the details on how to go about selling the land during their meeting held last Tuesday night.

“As we discussed last month, we should set a sale date and time for the properties we discussed,”?city administrator Chris Ziegler said.

The council decided to hold the sale on April 14 prior to the City Council meeting which will be held at 7 p.m. the same day.

“We identified five lots to be sold,”?Ziegler said at last month’s meeting. “We talked about offering the bare lots for sale to the public to get them back on the tax rolls.”

The council decided they would take bids on each of the properties until they sell.

“I suggest you set a minimum bid for each of the lots,”?city attorney Douglas Johanson said. “You can even make those numbers public so people know what that is before coming to place bids.”

The council had intended to go into closed session to discuss the minimums for each lot, but decided to discuss it in open session.

The lot located at 55 First Ave. NW was the first in discussion and the council set that minimum bid at $2,000. The next lot located at 435 First Ave. NW was set at a minimum of $4,000. The 328 First Ave. and 224 4th Ave. SE?were both set at a minimum of $500. The last lot is located north of the Methodist church and was set at a minimum of $250.

“These are all buildable lots,” added Johanson.

The council approved the minimums and agreed to post the lot sale in the Faribault County Register as well as potential posting a notice in various places around town.

The council also received a report on the 2014 fiscal year audit during their meeting last Tuesday.

Kyle Meyers, of Abdo, Eick and Meyers, attended the meeting to give the audit presentation.

“The results are very favorable,”?Ziegler said. “I commend the hard work of our staff and the Council for their involvement and direction.”

Meyers presented the main points of the report to the council and stated that the audits have remained fairly steady over the past couple of years.

“Our findings are very similar to the past,”?he said. “Revenue sources have remained fairly level over a three-year period.”

He advised the council should just watch their various funds to make sure they stay steady.

“Watch the trends in the cash balances to make sure your receipts cover your expenses,”?Meyers adds.

In other business:

The council heard from city engineer Travis Winter in regard to the upcoming waste water and stormwater facility plans.

He presented the plans and was to take any comments from the public at that time. However, there was no public comment during this hearing.

“There will be other public hearings required as we move forward with the project,”?Winter adds.

There will be a public information meeting on the project on March 24 where the project will be presented and will allow time for questions and comments from residents.

Ziegler informed the council members about the upcoming public hearing regarding the Winnebago School.

“Jeremiah (Schutt) and I attended the School Board meetings,”?Ziegler said. “We are trying to solicit questions from the public and engage the board.”

He encourages individuals in the Winnebago community to attend the public hearing and to contact School Board members.

The public hearing for the Winnebago school will be held on Tuesday, March 31, at the Winnebago gym.