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April 16, 2014

Council to put parcels of city-owned land up for sale

By Terry Oparka
C & G Staff Writer

The Troy City Council decided to offer 11 parcels of land, valued at about $15,000 total, for sale and use the money for road repairs.

The council decided to forgo the bid process for six of the parcels, which are best described as “remnants.”

In 2005, the council offered the 11 parcels up for bid, but there were no takers at the appraised value. 

The council considered each parcel, labeled buildable or assemblage, separately at an April 7 meeting. Councilmen Wade Fleming and Doug Tietz opposed forgoing the bid process on the six parcels labeled as “assemblage.” 

At the March 17 meeting, when the council first considered, but postponed the matter, Mark Miller, economic and development director for Troy, explained that assemblage means the property is too small to meet zoning requirements or is practically too small to be developed.

He said that Public Works Director Tim Richnak and Water and Sewer Superintendent Rich Shepler met with Fleming to assure him that the parcels would not be needed for future water main needs.

City administrators had recommended that the assemblage parcels could be sold without getting sealed bids.

“The basic premise is if you bid and nobody is interested, you are in less negotiable position,” said Troy City Manager Brian Kischnick.

“The market is different. I think we should put them all up for bid,” Tietz said. “I’m all for letting the market decide the best use.”

After the economic downturn, the Troy City Council approved a resolution in January 2007 to allow remnant parcels of city-owned land to be sold without obtaining sealed bids with the aim to encourage development of remnant parcels too small to develop and give abutting property owners the first chance to purchase the parcels.

The 11 parcels represent phase one of the process. Phase two will feature larger parcels with issues that would need to be resolved prior to sale, including undeveloped parkland purchased with bond money.

All sales of the city-owned property will require council approval.

You can reach C & G Staff Writer Terry Oparka at toparka@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1054.