Le Mars City Council members have, on recommendation of city staff, agreed to the city's purchase of a 42.45-acre tract of land south of 24th Street from the Iowa Department of Transportation.
The purchase, at a cost of $80,000 or $1,885 per acre, will allow the city to have available "a link" for a future city well supply near 24th Street as well as the control of conservation land on both sides of the Floyd River, according to City Administrator Scott Langel.
The property, Langel added, also has possible future industrial site potential adjacent to the railroad.
The "deferred payment" cost of the property through 2012 is, he said, expected to be reimbursed though sale of the city's excess land parcels to the private sector.
Still other real estate matters getting council attention Tuesday were those regarding sale of property in the Le Mars Industrial Park South Addition and unused golf course land.
Council members, following two separate public hearings, agreed to the purchase of Lot #4 in the Industrial Park by Steven R. Langel for $38,000 and assorted parcels of the excess golf course properties adjacent to the Willow Run Addition by Patrick N. Murphy, Gib and Pat Winter, Dr. Shahid Naqvi, Rick and Leo Langel, and Mike Porter.
Purchase price of the 1/2- to 2/3-acre golf course properties is $5,000 per acre with the lands to be used as yard extensions by the purchasers. Langel said revenue from the sales would revert to the Golf Course Fund and aid in lowering city maintenance costs.