Wellington approves sale of city property
The Wellington City Council met last Wednesday night at a regularly scheduled meeting.
The first item on the agenda was a proposal by David and Tina Jensen to purchase land from the city in the industrial area south of town.
The Jensens brought updated maps and a slightly modified proposal to the Oct. 12 meeting.
After consultation around the maps, the council agreed to the land sale.
Under the terms of the agreement, the final boundaries of the 18 to 20 acre parcel will be determined by a survey to be paid for by the Jensens.
A portion of the selling price will be accepted as in-kind services since the Jensens agreed to pay for a sewer line to the property and turn it over to the city.
The Jensens are also expected to make certain improvements to the property in the next five years as a condition of the agreement.
After a few minor amendments had been made to the proposal, the board passed a resolution to sell the property.
There followed a short discussion about how it had been a long and difficult process, but both sides were satisfied with the final agreement.
In an unrelated action, the council officially appointed three judges to oversee municipal elections on Nov. 8. Donna Davis, Thelma Thomas and Rhea Timothy will supervise the election at the city hall.
Present at the meeting were 10 Boy Scouts from Wellington Troop 280 and leaders, Leon Davis and Roger and Carol Sparks.
Mayor Karl Houskeeper asked the scouts if they had any questions for the council. Jason Johnston acted as spokesman for the troop and said they were there to fulfill the requirements for a Citizenship in the World merit badge.
The mayor and city council members answered questions for several minutes.
The meeting then turned to routine business matters.
The members of the Wellington council discussed a few zoning and planning issues, the need to replace signs taken down by the recent highway construction and the need for flagpoles at the city cemetery.
There was a lengthy discussion about ongoing city cleanup efforts and ways the council and city workers could help. The council discussed ways to encourage citizens to beautify their property and take more pride in the community.
Councilwoman Paula Noyes suggested that the mayor write a letter thanking the county restaurant tax committee for helping the city fund a new information kiosk and restroom improvements at the city park. The meeting was then adjourned.