Special to The Gardner News
The Aug. 15 city council meeting at Gardner City Hall began at 7 p.m. and moved through the agenda quickly. By 7:20 p.m., two ordinances and one resolution were adopted, and council had approved using lease-purchase financing to purchase land for planned new city facilities.
Lease-purchase land finance
At the June 20 meeting, council approved purchase of 15.25 acres at 167th and Moonlight for $664,290. This property is to be the site for a new police facility, municipal court and possibly other city operations.
At the July 18 meeting, council considered and rejected a resolution which would authorize the issuance of general obligation bonds to pay for the property.
Council didn’t like the restrictions on potential use of the land and buildings that came with general obligation bonds.
Staff was directed to investigate other financing methods.
Aug. 15, staff and bond counsel presented Resolution No. 1954, in which the city would enter into a lease-purchase agreement to finance the land and declare that financing federally tax exempt debt.
Council approved the resolution.
The city will now begin a process of soliciting bids from banking and investment firms.
The resolution cites estimated total issuance and principal costs at $700,000.
The Reserve at Waverly Pointe
Council had four committee recommendations on the agenda. Three of the four were related to development of The Reserve at Waverly Pointe.
Final plat, right of way and easements were approved for the Ninth Plat with an aye vote.
Ordinance 2523 approved the revised preliminary development plan of the Tenth Plat. A roll call vote, including the mayor, produced a 6-0 vote to adopt Ordinance 2523.
The final plat for the Tenth Plat was approved with an aye vote.
The fourth recommendation concerned CVS.
The planning commission and staff both recommended council adopt an ordinance approving the revised preliminary development plan forconstruction of a CVS Pharmacy on the northwest corner of Center and Main.
Council followed the recommendation, adopting Ordinance 2522 with a 6-0 roll call vote.
At about 7:20 p.m. council went into executive session to discuss matters relating to delinquent property under attorney-client privilege.
The next council meeting is Sept. 5.