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Council to vote on ordinances for property sale

SYCAMORE –­ A land sale between the city of Sycamore and DeKalb County will be the focus of Monday’s Sycamore City Council. Sycamore plans to sell several parcels of land to the county that it no longer needs and that the county will use for increased storage.

With a reorganization of the Public Works Department, the city has consolidated many of its employees in one location. The City Council will vote Monday on an ordinance that would allow the mayor to enter into an agreement with the county for the sale of land.

“The city began to explore options for consolidation of these remote locations into one campus at roughly the same time the county was out to bid to construct a building for its storage needs,” according to the agenda for Monday’s meeting. “Bids for the county building project came in well above budget and available resources. At that point, city and county staff started discussions regarding the surplus Water Division property and the storage building the City owns on the Engh Farm at 1730 N. Main Street.”

DeKalb county will pay Sycamore the appraised value of $475,000 for the land, according to city documents.

The ordinance also will allow the city and county to assist one another in creating the necessary compensatory storage space for various projects.

The City Council also will consider two ordinances that would re-subdivide land being sold to the county as part of the ordinance.

The first involves the Engh Farmstead property on North Main Street. The city will retain ownership of one of the lots that it leases to the DeKalb County Historical Center.

The second ordinance re-subdivides the Water Department property at 220 East Page Street. It will divide the property into two plots and designate a right-of-way for the portions of North Walnut and East Page streets that run through the property.

City Council will meet at 7 p.m. Monday in the Council Chamber of the Sycamore Center at 308 West State St.

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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