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Wells council agrees to annex

By Staff | Sep 9, 2018

Pictured is a GoogleMaps area of the parcels, at right, and length of area along Highway 109, above, which the city would receive in lieu of the annexed parcels of land.

The Wells City Council held a special meeting on Sept. 5 regarding a property detachment and annexation agreement with the city.

The council, minus Mayor David Braun who was not at the meeting, went into closed session at 5:10 p.m. and came out of closed session at 5:36 p.m.

City attorney David Frundt presented resolution 2018-21 to the council, consenting to the detachment brought to the council.

“I believe you have before you a resolution for the purpose of withdrawing objection to detachment proceeding and consenting to the current petition for detachment brought by the clients Plyum, Gregor, Kelley, Drager and Schirmer for the two parcels on the west side of town to be detached from the city of Wells at this time,” said Frundt.

The parcels of land include a portion north of 10th Ave SW, as well as portions north of the Weber property before Highway 109. The city requested the annexation agreement to include allowing a portion of land by Highway 109 be given back to the city of Wells.

This way, the city would be able to make improvements on the ponds and ditches heading west towards the Wells Rifle and Pistol Club’s gun range.

While the council was quick to get the motion to approve the resolution on the table, there was hesitation for a second to complete the motion.

“I just fear this will create a domino effect,” said councilwoman Brenda Weber.

Frundt stated the parcels were not large enough to create a large tax impact on the city with the loss of the parcels, while councilman John Herman stated the benefits to the city outweighed the losses.

After more hesitation and silence in the meeting room, Weber brought forth a second to complete the motion.

John Herman and Whitney Harig voted in favor of the resolution, while Crystal Dulas voted against the resolution.