The Kuna City Council met in special session prior to its regular meeting last Tuesday, December 17, at city hall to have a public hearing and auction of three city-owned surplus properties (see KMN November 27, 2013). Although the city of Kuna owns these properties, all sale proceeds are owed to the banks that hold the leins.
In the case of a 19.84 acre property on E. King Road, after no bids for the minimum price of $262,112.44 were made, the city council accepted an offer of $80,000 for the property minus the Equivalent Dwelling Units (EDUs). The council then approved a resolution to sell back the EDUs to the bank.
In the case of the other two adjacent properties being sold, no offers were made for the minimum bids of $671,618.19 (52.12 acres) and $1,387,421.78 (107.43 acres) at the public auction but two offers were made for lesser amounts. Debate closed at 7 p.m. to hold the regular city council meeting and resumed afterwards. Unable to decide between the two offers, it was determined that by 3 p.m. Wednesday, sealed bids would be accepted for the properties. Then a special meeting would be held on Thursday evening at 6 p.m. to take under advisement recommendations from the bank as to which offer they would like accepted. The city council may decide to accept either offer no matter the price as Idaho Code states that they may “sell the property as it deems in the best interest of the city.”
(see next week’s KMN for a more detailed story.)
In regular city council news the council approved a resolution to award a bid to drill a test well for $97,765. They approved a resolution to award a certain number of sewer connections from DBTV Agricultural Holdings, LLC to Corey Barton Homes, Inc. in the Osprey Ridge Development. A resolution was passed authorizing the mayor to execute a letter to DBTV Agricultural Holdings, LLC for their charitable donations of $135,000 and $262,642 as part of a deal accepting the sale of properties earlier in the year.
In new business, a lot line adjustment was approved for a commercial landowner to allow a self-storage facility. Self-Storage facilities may only be up to five acres in size according to Kuna city code.
Joan Gay was appointed to the Planning and Zoning Commission.
Resolutions were passed increasing the water rate and sewer rates for residents. Both rates were increased by one percent. For every Equivalent Dwelling Unit (a house, apartment, etc.) the rate for water will increase by 20 cents per month. For sewer the rate increases by 25 cents per month. Annually residents should see their water bill go up by $2.40 with a $3 increase in their sewer bill.
An ordinance was passed that adopted the current versions of international building codes with changes as made by the Idaho Building Code Board. This will prevent regular ordinances being needed in the future for annual changes to these codes.
An ordinance was passed that annexed several properties in the Merlin Pointe subdivision into the Kuna City limits.