Morley Specht, who resides at 934 Hillside Street in Cherokee, has been trying since 1959 to get the city to vacate a 15 foot strip of property originally planned as an alley.
He appeared at the Tuesday meeting of the Cherokee City Council to "try one more time" to have the property divided between the Cherokee Country Club on one side and seven residential properties on the other side.
Specht presented petitions from owners of three of the other properties that would be affected. He said that the strip of land has never been used as an alley and that it has sometimes simply been used as if part of the residential properties.
Deb Taylor, city clerk, explained that the process of vacation of the property would require that a legal description be written, the matter be referred to the planning and zoning commission, a public hearing be held and deeds be written.
City council members had no objection to the process except that they wanted the affected property owners to pay any expense for the process.
The council gave tentative approval for the closing of Fourth Street between Main and Willow on Aug. 27 from 3 p.m. to midnight for a cystic fibrosis fund-raiser street dance. The approval is conditional upon contacting the police chief and upon making final arrangements, including establishing what entity with a beer permit will be selling beer.
Those present requesting the approval said that the event will likely become an annual event.
The council approved a bid of $15,962 from Deer Valley for a grading and storm sewer project on Victory Drive.
The council approved waiving the water charges for the Cherokee County Fair, with Ron Johnson the only council member voting against that motion.
The council voted to approve both a cigarette permit and class C beer permit for HyVee's gas station and convenience store that will open sometime in August at the McDonald's Restaurant property.