Council reviews options for North Ridge property


The acquisition of property, which may be utilized for parkland in the North Ridge Estates residential development, could be in the future for the Montgomery City Council.
City Attorney Tim Warnemunde provided the council  with information on the possible acquisition of Outlot A at the regular council meeting Monday, March 18.
Acquiring the property under tax forfeiture appeared to be the most popular option, rather than outright purchase. Taxes have not been paid on the property for the last two years. The parcel is currently owned by a subsidiary of Anchor Bank, Rudder LLC (previously Giles Properties).
Outlot A, located north of the North Ridges property,  has not been developed for building lots, and is 42.49 acres in size. Ryan Goettl currently farms the property, renting 13 acres. In his opinion, the land is not the best for farming. 
According to information presented to the council, the land is not tiled, is hilly, and has a lot of top soil that has washed out. There are a lot of trees, and a drainage ditch that extends through the property.
Le Sueur County has the parcel valued at $430,000.
“You have options,” Warnemunde said to the council, “with one being do nothing at the present time, let it go through tax forfeiture, and you may be able to acquire the land for the $250 cost of transferring the deed for a public use, such as parks.”
“That area of the community does not have a park or playground within the development or even close by,” commented City Administrator Steve Helget. The council agreed by consensus to have the Park Board look into the situation, the thought being the possibility of establishing a park within that parcel if the city would become the owner.
The council also:
—Approved the Greater Minnesota Gas Franchise Agreement, and tabled final approval of the Special Assessment Policy pending language changes.
—Accepted a bid of $5,102 from Sam Grimm for a 2.30 acre parcel of land near Oak Ave. W. Three other bids were received. 
—Set the mileage reimbursement rate for council, employees and other city representatives traveling for business purposes at the IRS rate of 56.5 cents per mile.
Meeting schedule
• The next regular city council meeting is scheduled for Monday, April 1, at 7 p.m.
• The Le Sueur County Officials Association will meet Thursday, April 4, at Le Center.
• A special meeting for the local Board of Appeal & Equalization will be held Monday, April 8, at 7 p.m.