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City needs smart use for surplus land


February 28, 2018


On Jan. 10 of last year, I attended a City Council meeting and addressed the body regarding the sale of the “Surplus” 9th Street city property that formerly housed the Public Works Maintenance Facility, which has since been decommissioned and replaced.

I asked that the city be “forward thinking” and consider rezoning that property as “commercial” prior to putting it on the market.

City officials were not particularly interested in my proposal, and the minutes of that meeting do not reflect the principal points of my discussion with the council. In the most recent New E...

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