NL City Council tackles long talked about items
BY KARYN SPORY
Mt. Pleasant News
NEW LONDON – The New London City Council ticked several long talked about items off their agenda Tuesday night.
The set of items the council tackled revolved around land acquisition and city development. The meeting began with a public hearing regarding selling 2.44 acres of land on South Pine Street, a plot which is set to be the future home of Dollar General. With no one stepping forward to speak, the council quickly approved selling the land for $55,000 to the Overland Group, which does land management for the retailer. There is no word yet as to when construction on the store will begin.
The next item of land acquisition included the purchase of the property at 103 West Washington Street. During a special session in late January, the council approved submitting a bid on the former lumberyard for $64,100.
The bid had been accepted and the city is set to close on the property within the next week. The city plans to make the property its new community center.
The final land related item was setting prices for the five residential lots along West Adams Street. Last month the council updated the size of the plots, but couldn’t agree on a fixed price. This month, however, the council unanimously agreed to set the price at $15,000 per lot.
“I think this falls within the range we’ve seen land going for,” said Councilman Greg Malott.
Another item that has frequented the council’s agenda was completing an inventory of all city equipment. Councilman Tom Davis has spearheaded this request and on Tuesday the council decided to move forward with the inventory.
For months the council has debated what items would be inventoried – would it be items over a certain dollar amount or each and every nut and bolt?
Councilman Dan Berner suggested having the Public Works Department just begin inventorying items within their trucks and moving forward from there. The council agreed, saying they plan to have every department complete an inventory within the year.
“This will be a pain at first,” said Malott, “but we’ll see the benefits. This protects citizen’s assets and gives us accountability. We’ll know what we have, what we use and can help us make purchasing decisions in the future.” The motion to have employees complete an inventory of all city equipment was approved in a 4-1 vote with Kirk Miller casting the lone “no” vote.
In other business, the council:
• Approved the quote of $7,085 from Jetco Electric to complete monitoring and automation of the lift station facilities on West Washington Street.
• Approved dates for 2017 summer movies. Movies will be held on June 16, July 14 and Aug. 18. Movies have not been selected at this time.
• Authorized a $100 donation to the New London post prom committee.
• Discussed adding another part-time officer to the roster.
• Approved waving the sewer hookup fee and monthly service fees for the new shelter house at the New London Junior Baseball Association’s property.
The next meeting of the New London City Council will be held on Tuesday, March 7, 2017, at 6 p.m., at the City Office.