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City of W’bago sells duplexes

After a closed session, council comes to terms with the buyer

July 16, 2017
Robert Brewer - Register Staff Writer , Faribault County Register

Winnebago citizens like Julie Danks of 239 Fifth Street SW waited on pins and needles during a closed session discussion that took place at the last Winnebago City Council meeting on July 11.

After 13 minutes, the council resumed their public portion of the meeting to reveal a purchase agreement of two city-owned duplexes.

The buyer, Robert Richards, has agreed to purchase the duplexes from the city of Winnebago for $220,000. Richards will be financing the total cost of the purchase himself. The final closing of this purchase is scheduled for Aug. 31, or sooner.

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This city-owned duplex in Winnebago has been up for sale since 2011. Earlier this year, the city received a purchase proposal but turned it down. Now, the city has reached an agreement for the sale of the property.

In the meantime, the city of Winnebago is responsible for the cost of water, sewer, storm sewer, garbage, and recycling through the end of November.

During the public comment portion of the meeting, Danks voiced her concerns over the pending new ownership of the duplexes. She contended that there have been many on-going maintenance issues in her apartment over the past six years.

Meanwhile, council members informed Danks that realtors in charge of inspecting the property have verified that the facility is in good shape.

"It's a little disconcerting that after six years, I've asked for several things to be fixed and nothing's ever been done," Danks claimed. "I'm just wondering how this is going to work out."

"If you want to talk about specific issues at a later date, that would be fine with me," Mayor Jeremiah Schutt responded. "I find it hard to believe that nothing's ever been done."

Other action items from the Winnebago City Council meeting last Tuesday night included:

The authorization of a food stand permit for Ann Marie's Kitchen. Owner Scott Reisenbigler plans to have a food stand in Whiting Park on several dates in the summer and fall.

A motion was also carried that will provide the new, soon-to-open Dollar General store with a tobacco license.

The resignation of Chase Davis as a full-time police officer was accepted by the council. As a result, Jacob Pettit will move into a full-time position with the Winnebago Police Department. The council authorized the police department to begin the search for three to five new part-time officers.

Towards the end of the meeting, all city council members in attendance showed their appreciation and thanked Davis for his efforts on the police force.

It was also announced that the EDA Hall of Fame celebration scheduled for Aug. 6 for Bing and Lila Crosby has been postponed.

According to city administrator Chris Ziegler, the celebration is likely to be rescheduled for September.

The next Winnebago City Council meeting will take place on Tuesday, Aug. 8.



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