Public hearing is Mon., Sept. 21 on Community Center property purchaseThe Jesup City Council is soliciting input at a public hearing on funding for a proposed purchase of property. The hearing will be held next Monday, Sept. 21 at 7 p.m. A limited number of seats will be available to the public in the Council Chambers of City Hall. Anyone can attend via zoom. Contact City Clerk Koley Mead for details on zoom attendance, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The proposed borrowing is not to exceed $250,000; this number is rounded up from the $225,000 purchase price to make sure the City has enough money to purchase the property, according to Mayor Chris Even.
The borrowing is intended to include the purchase price of the property, legal fees, and costs of issuance, currently estimated to be $9,900.
The Council discussed the possible purchase from Rick Youngblut of 2.72 acres located at 1089 210th Street, Jesup in one or more closed sessions at recent meetings. Iowa law provides for closed meeting discussion for the purpose of possible property purchases when the release of that information may impact the price of the property.
“The Council considered development as residential lots to be the highest and best use of the property,” Even explained, “when negotiating a purchase price.
“The Youngblut property can be developed into five residential lots with minimal infrastructure improvements,” Even said. “Residential lots in Jesup are currently selling for $136,000 to $177,000 per acre.”
Water and sewer services are available on the south side of North Street near the Youngblut property, according to the Mayor. Sewer services can be provided by gravity feed, without the need for a lift station.
“The City is intending to build the proposed community center,” Even said. “The (Jesup Community) School has expressed an interest to continue to work with the City to manage the youth portion of the community recreation program in the City’s building, but, at this time, we do not expect the school to contribute to the building.
“Depending on what else is included in the building,” Even concluded, “it is certainly possible that the City may have other public or private partners that may help pay for a portion of the building.”
There is no exact plan yet for what a city-owned community center building might include. Even has noted several ideas drawn from community input: a wellness center, a child care facility, a senior center and a Jesup History Museum.
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