Marion agrees to sell the property before OK zoning | Hillsboro Star Journal
Marion agrees to sell the property before the OK zoning
Although they asked a couple in August to consult with the Planning and Zoning Council on their wish to build a motorhome and boat storage facility in the Marion Industrial Park, city council members have unanimously approved a resolution Monday authorizing the approval of a land sale contract.
The resolution authorized Mayor David Mayfield to sign an as yet unwritten contract to sell 1004 Batt St. for a reduced price of $ 17,000 to Ashley Unruh and Mark Evans.
He clarified that the terms of the sale include that the buyers obtain the approval of the planning commission of a special permit to build a pole barn-type structure instead of an enclosed building.
“The town of Marion is authorized and responsible for fulfilling all obligations under the terms of the real estate sale contract,” the resolution reads. âThe sale is conditional on the successful obtaining of the conditional use permit. “
Planning and zoning administrator Margo Yates said the commission believed the best route for the couple would be to apply for the special permit.
âWe don’t have anything that refers to vehicle storage,â Yates told council members. âYou can either accept our recommendation, decline it or send it back to us. “
Council member Ruth Herbel asked how the price was decided.
Director of Economic Development Randy Collett said $ 17,000 was what the couple offered. The city had previously set the price of the affected land at $ 24,800.
Herbel asked why the couple would get a 40% price cut. Collett said he couldn’t do the math in his head during the meeting.
Herbel also asked what happened if the couple decided not to build the facility.
“Can they turn around and sell it?” Herbel asked.
She also asked if a neighboring owner, Airstream Guy, had decided he didn’t want the property. Earlier, the owner of the Airstream Guy had suggested he might want this land for his own storage.
Collett said owner Derek Evans decided he didn’t want the lot.
Yates said the zoning commission would not consider a special permit application until November to avoid having to rush a decision.
Herbel said she asked city administrator Roger Holter on Saturday to see a copy of the sales contract.
Holter emotionally told him he didn’t have it.
âWhen something comes up and is drafted, you get it,â Holter said.
In other matters, the members of the council:
- Discussion of options for employee health insurance.
- Discussion of a grant from the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks and the Federal Department of Transportation that could cover 80% of the cost of developing a recreational trail.