Auburn Snubs Councilman’s $400 Bid For Newly-Cleared Lot

AUBURN – The Auburn City Council voted  3 to 2 against Councilman Jeff Jeanneret’s bid of $400 for a lot at 1211 14th St. where the city had recently demolished a house.

Councilmen Shawn Clark, Tom Clark and Rick Janssen voted against the sale and Jeanneret abstained.

Mayor Scott Kudrna said the city would like to get the lot back on the property tax rolls. The city advertised the lot for bids for three weeks, but received only Jeanneret’s bid.

The mayor said the lot is not big enough for construction of a newer style house, so the city is left to maintain it.

The city council approved a new alignment for the disc golf course. The re-alignment is proposed to challenge players and keep the course fresh. Materials will be donated by Merz Ink, Sack Lumber, Ariens and the Southeast Nebraska Disc Golf Club.

Harry Bridgmon gave the street department report, saying city crews cleaned up a house and back filled at 722 10th St. He said the work included $1,063 dumping fees and $5,625 in man-hours.

Friesel, Carman

Auburn’s fiscal year closed out with sales tax just $1,007 below last year. Vehicles sales were 17 percent of the total sales tax collections.

Dawn Friesel and Andy Carman of Nemaha County Leadership asked the city council for its suggestions regarding a community project.

The Johnson Village Board had suggested rebuilding a gazebo and Councilman Janssen suggested establishing a bulletin board at the rec complex to let visitors know about Auburn and area businesses.

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