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April 9, 2014

Real estate is a hot commodity

Monday’s Centerville City Council meeting at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall had seven agenda items that dealt with real estate issues.

The council by 5-0 votes passed six of those seven items:

n A resolution to voluntarily annex Golfview Addition Owner’s Association into the city.

n Two resolutions to start the abandonment process against Carl N. and Ruth Marie Laurson and Jesse W. Bacon property which has been abandoned resulting in the property becoming a nuisance. The plan is to take title to the property and sell it to an individual who will improve the property.

George Johnson, building and code compliance officer, said the Laurson property has been a nuisance for a very long time and very poorly maintained.

Those and other comments by city employees were made after a member of the Laurson family approached the council to inquire about remedies other than abandonment in order to keep the property.

Centerville attorney Mike Craver advised the council to start the abandonment process and he would meet with the family to discuss the issue.

n A resolution authorizing the sale of real estate by public bid located at 1308 W. Washington. The city plans to acquire the property through the abandonment process, and, if successful, they will accept sealed bids until 5 p.m. April 21 for the sale and conveyance of said property.

• Two resolutions to set public hearings for 5:30 p.m. Monday, April 21 at City Hall for the acceptance of offer to purchase real estate between the city and Chariton Valley Regional Housing Trust Fund, Inc. for the Peel and the Korthius properties. The resolution states each property is valued at $1,000.

n The last property item for the council to consider was by Frank Caraccio, of Centerville, who discussed his $400 bid for the lot at 541 N. 12th St.

No vote was taken by the council because the city normally sells property through a competitive bidding process and public hearing.

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