Land swap approved at Main and Oregon

The Lovell Town Council approved a land swap with Neil Mayes for a 15-foot parcel of land just to the north of Mayes Fabric last week following a public hearing on the swap at town hall.

Meeting for a public hearing and special meeting at noon on Tuesday, May 31, the council first took input from the public during the hearing on the land swap proposal, which would trade 15 feet of land on the north side of the fabric store to the Town of Lovell for 15 feet of town land on the south side of the building where the town owns a large lot.

Both strips of land were valued at $4,300 during a recent appraisal, Clerk/Treasurer Valerie Beal said.

There was no public comment during the hearing, which Mayor Bruce Morrison closed quickly.

After approving the annual tax levy and appropriation (budget) ordinances for the 2011-12 fiscal year on second reading, the council voted 3-0 to approve the land swap with council members Bruce Wolsey and Scott Allred absent, also authorizing the mayor to sign the deed so that the town can now sell the entire corner lot at Main and Oregon to Overland Properties for the proposed new Family Dollar store.

That property purchase is scheduled to close on June 20, Beal said, pending final approval at next Tuesday’s council meeting.

Next on the agenda, the council discussed a proposed memorandum of understanding with the Globe Canal Board for work that would be done in conjunction with the upcoming South phase of the water and sewer project. Beal said the council discussed water rights, hillside drainage and other issues, but with several questions pending the council voted to table the matter until more information can be obtained.

Easement vote

Councilman Brian Dickson reported on discussions he held recently with Dave Bischoff regarding an easement through Bischoff’s property to run a water line east from Nevada Avenue along the top of the bench as part of the South water and sewer project.

If constructed, the line would provide improved service to residents in the Garfield hill and Pryor View areas and also provide improved pressure and water flow to a fire hydrant in the area, Beal said.

Dickson’s motion to offer $25,000 and two water taps (a third requested tap on the north side of town may not be feasible, Beal said) passed 2-1, with Councilman Kevin Jones voting no.

Though the motion passed with a simple majority, the town code states that a motion must have a majority of the entire council (three votes), and with Wolsey and Allred absent, the motion technically failed.

Lovell Inc. building

Lovell Inc. Director Sue Taylor reported to the council on some structural problems that were discovered in the Lovell Inc./Lovell incubator building on Third Street during a recent asbestos remediation project. She told the council that the building needed to be assessed by a structural engineer before a planned remodel project could proceed.

By David Peck