Council might sell warming house, old dump ground
February 25. 2014 12:21PM
The Dell Rapids City Council is considering selling two more publicly-owned lots in hopes of generating more funds for the sewer extension project planned for this summer.
At their meeting Tuesday, Feb. 18, councilors discussed the merits of parting ways with the riverfront property south of the old city shop at Second Street and State Avenue, and between two and four acres of ground once used for the city landfill on Quarry Road.
“What we are trying to do with economic development to the southeast part of this town, we’re trying to do that without any added expense to the taxpayers,” said Councilor Mark Crisp. “Surplusing property that we don’t need anymore will enable us to buy acres that will aid the development.”
The former dump land is unused other than storage of an old railroad bridge. The riverfront property is home to the old warming house once used by ice skaters.
The city generated about $187,000 last fall when it surplused and auctioned three other lots – the old fire hall on Garfield Avenue, the old city shop, and a 2.68-acre parcel on Quarry Road.
Not everyone on the council is keen on selling more city property.
“I’m totally against selling that lot,” Councilor Chad Andrews said of the riverfront property. “For one, the warming house is down there. And two, that’s access to the river that the public can use.”
Crisp said the warming house is a part of Dell Rapids history, but the structure is in such poor condition, it’s not economically feasible to repair.
Replacing the roof is expected to cost at least $8,500, and that doesn’t include repairing the windows and interior, Crisp said.
“At this point when we have about $7-million worth of water lines that need replacing, I don’t think we better spend $10,000 to $15,000 to fix the warming house.”
The riverfront property could be sold in three or four pieces, and the council directed engineers to draw up a few different plot options to be reviewed by the council’s surplus property committee.