City of Beatrice Approves Property Options For New Fire Station Site

BEATRICE – Beatrice City officials have set in motion acquiring property south of the downtown, for a new fire station.  The Beatrice City Council approved options on land with several property owners, toward acquiring a city block with a total purchase price of about $627, 500.   The property includes the former Kleveland Service Station and repair business, and the location of Jan’s Cleaners, on South 6th.

The land is between 6th and 7th, and Bell and Scott.  The city would pay $275,000 for the Kleveland property, $200,000 for the Houseman property (Jan’s Cleaners), $88,000 to H2 Rentals LLC, $42,000 to MRW Rentals LLC and $22,500 to the Clausen Living Trust.

City Administrator Tobias Tempelmeyer says in some cases, environmental testing of property would be undertaken.  The council approved a firm to conduct environmental testing, at a cost of $2,800 for phase-one services.

:30                  “them notice”

Closing on the properties could be as late as this fall.

:08                  “Spring of 2020”

City officials also approved an appraisal contract last night, at a cost of $7,725.  Appraisal is required when city purchase of property is over $100,000.

Elected officials authorized the potential use of eminent domain to acquire three parcels along the north side of Scott Street, between 6th and 7th.  Officials have not reached agreement with owners on that property.  Attorney Jeff Hubka represents Rhen Marshall Inc., the owners of the property and a steel warehouse located on the land.  He asked that the city council table the eminent domain vote.

:38                  “Jan’s Cleaners”

Hubka says the warehouse is being used for sale of wholesale goods.

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Mayor Stan Wirth says the negotiations can continue for the property.

:17                  “pretty soon”

Councilman Ted Fairbanks says he’s concerned about the process being drawn out, without the option of using eminent domain.

:16                  “with it, tonight”

The council decided against delaying authorization of eminent domain.

Last November, Beatrice voters approved an additional half-cent local sales tax, to provide revenue for a new Beatrice Fire and Rescue Department.  The tax went into effect, April 1st.

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