The Cherokee City Council accepted the higher of two bids for a property at 312 West Locust Street.
The property is one of three residential properties that the city had assumed ownership of as public nuisance. The city demolished buildings and put the lots up for bids. The council put minimum bids on the properties that did not come close to recovering the expense to the city. The city was spending money beyond what was expected to be recovered in order to eliminate public nuisances and to get property back on tax rolls.
The city sold two of the three properties earlier this year by bids, but did not get any bid for the 312 West Locust Street property. The council lowered the minimum bid for that property from $200 to $100, and again solicited bids.
The city then wound up getting the earlier minimum, anyway, as one bid was for $100 and the winning bid was for $201.01. Both bidders were West Locust Street residents.
John Cook of the Bacon Aquatic Center/ Gillette Park Committee reported to the council that only a few very minor details remain on the list of things to be done to complete the Aquatic Center project.
He described the tree lighting event last week at Gillette Park, and the enthusiastic response of many people to the city's decoration, with the assistance of MidAmerican Energy, of the giant pine .
The initial offers and counter-offers were made regarding the annual contract between the city and the Cherokee Police Association. The police officers' representative organization proposed a 3.5 percent salary increase, plus a $1,000 increase in the current $2,000 differential for sergeants over regular police officers' annual base salary.
The city counter-offered a 2 percent increase, plus an increase of $250 in pay differential for sergeants.
By law, the initial proposals for contracts must be made in open session but subsequent negotiations may be held in closed session.