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Group backs city land sale

Commission moves to vacate unused right of way

September 11, 2012
By BILL SHEA, , Messenger News

At the stub end of C Street in western Fort Dodge a house sits back from the road surrounded by trees.

But part of that property at 729 C St. is actually public land, set aside years ago for an extension of the road that was never built.

The owners of the house, Jim and Betty Hartsell, are now asking the city government to give up some of that land.

The city's Plan and Zoning Commission on Tuesday recommended that 1,820 square feet of that property be vacated.

''They're just trying to get this done so that their house is on their land,'' commission member Jim Kesterson said.

Angela Torres, associate city planner, recommended that the commission move forward with the request to vacate the property. She said giving up the property won't hinder access to utilities or other public rights of way. She added that the change won't limit the city's ability to provide services.

In past years, other pieces of land set aside for the unbuilt portion of C Street were vacated and sold to nearby residents and Iowa Central Community College.

Mike Doyle and Lisa Wilson were absent from the otherwise unanimous vote to recommend vacating the land. The matter now goes to the City Council, which will have the final say. If the council agrees to vacate the property, it can then be sold to the Hartsells.



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