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Toledo Council extends Reinig farm lease; Action taken on nuisance properties

October 3, 2013
By Jimmy Gillispie - Staff Writer ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Finalizing a handful of nuisance properties, along with setting the Reinig Farm Lease length and hearing date, were the primary actions taken at last week's Toledo City Council meeting.

The city's Reinig Farm Lease is up for bid next month when the current lease expires, so the city council needed to set the hearing at the Sept. 23 meeting. The discussion on the farm lease went much further than setting a date. The length of the lease and repairs to the waterways on the farm were also discussed at length.

City council members started talking about extending the lease, which is a one-year lease, to allow the tenant time to fix the waterways. They believed that a one-year lease wasn't sufficient time for a tenant or the city to fix the waterways and a longer lease might be more beneficial to the tenant.

Thus, a three-year lease was suggested by the city council. After a lengthy discussion, that was the final decision. The council approved the motion to make the farm lease three years with a 5-0 vote.

The other piece of the discussion was possible improvements to the waterways on the farm properties. The council members talked about the idea of the city paying for all of the improvements. After a bit of talking, they decided to leave that out of the contract and the city will work with the tenant to find a way to fix the waterways, instead of promising something to the next tenant.

After all was said and done, the city council unanimously approved extending the lease to three years, setting Oct. 25 as the final date for bids and set the hearing for Oct. 28.

The ongoing nuisance property discussion came up last week. The council was scheduled to be updated on the Joe Lux property at 504 Church Street. Lux didn't attend the meeting, but he told City Clerk Julie Wilkerson before the meeting that he can't take possession of the property until October. The council voted to allow Lux to attend the Oct. 14 meeting to present his abatement procedure.

City Attorney Mike Marquess also made a list of nuisance properties that the city has discussed this year. Action was taken on all six properties. They are as follows:

304 N. East Street - Closed for the year

700 S. Church Street - Marquess with check with property owner Ray Fowler for the name the bank that owns the property and send it a nuisance abatement notice.

408 E. Vine Street - City will proceed with civil penalty

907 S. Broadway Street - Marquess will contact Hrabak Lumber to board up the property at the owner's cost.

702 S. Church Street - Marquess will find the name of the bank that owns the property and send it a nuisance abatement notice.

Business Hwy 30 - Marquess will send Attorney Allen Richards a letter thanking him for cleaning up the property.

In other city council news, Toledo Police Officer Brian Randall's resignation was approved. The open position with the department will be advertised.

The city council will next meet at 7 p.m. Oct. 14.



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