A request by Hall Quality Builders to buy 26 lots in the Inlet Woods Subdivision was put on hold Wednesday by the Kenai City Council following discussion about the value of the land.
The developer asked to purchase the mostly one-quarter acre lots for a total of $317,700, which represents a 10 percent cash discount from the listed price of $353,000.
The city property had been previously included in competitive bid sales in 2000 and again in 2001, but no bids were received, and, according to the city’s proposed resolution, no other offers have been received by the city.
Most of the lots have an uncertified assessed value of $11,700 or $13,000 with the exception of two larger lots assessed at $18,200. The total assessed value is $330,200.
Council member Linda Swarner said she would be “very happy to get the lots off our hands and onto the tax rolls.”
One citizen in the audience, Bob Peters, said he didn’t feel it is a good idea for the city to be selling all of its property.
“The city should let the next few generations have some to sell,” Peters said.
“There might come a time after Wal-Mart and all when people might be looking for property,” he said.
Council member Joe Moore concurred with Peters.
“I question whether the price of these lots is the (current) fair value,” Moore said.
“I don’t think it would hurt to wait for a new appraisal,” he said.
Council member Rick Ross agreed.
“We should be working off a current appraisal,” Ross said.
On Thursday, city Finance Director Larry Semmens said the $330,200 value as assessed by the Kenai Peninsula Borough may or may not be equal to the actual appraised value.
He said the council members are looking for a fee appraiser’s fair market value.
Mayor Pat Porter said the city has not had the property appraised in six years.
“It’s important we have the fair value,” she said.
Moore moved to table action on Hall Builders’ request until the next council meeting April 19, which was approved unanimously.
In other business, the council nodded in agreement of having dead trees and dry brush removed from city-owned property along South Spruce Street by the Chugachmiut Yukon Fire Crew from McGrath.
Administered through the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the hazardous fuel reduction project will leave much of the area between Spruce Street and South Forest Drive, from the Kenai Spur Highway to the bluff “looking like a park,” according to Tom Hines, forestry and fire manager for Anchorage-based Chugachmiut Inc.
He said spruce bark beetle-killed trees will be cut down and healthy deciduous trees would be limbed up.
Where it can be done safely, cut limbs and brush will be burned in slash piles next winter, Hines said. Logs will be left on the ground.
The project is to be funded by the BIA, he said.
The council also gave the green light to a $67,550 painting contract for the Kenai Recreation Center.
The contract for stripping and painting the exterior of the facility was awarded to Hansen Painting Inc.
The council approved the $31,400 purchase of two 12-lead cardiac monitors for the Kenai Fire Department to replace two three-lead monitors the department is using.
In a memo to City Manager Rick Koch, Fire Chief Mike Tilly said the industry standard for prehospital cardiac care has moved toward 12-lead cardiac monitoring in the field.
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