City proposes airport land acquisition

Published on Thu, Jul 24, 2003
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City proposes airport land acquisition

The city council may discuss the possible acquisition of 5.43 acres lying near the southern end of the Blaine Municipal Airport at the next city council meeting, set for Monday, July 28.

The acreage, owned by Robert Carruthers, has been condemned by the city as it contains tall trees that encroach into the airport�s flight path. According to city manager Gary Tomsic, a purchase proposal was presented to Carruthers� attorney, however the city has not yet received word from Carruthers. Tomsic said the financial terms of the proposal could not be released.

Should the council not discuss this issue at Monday�s meeting, Tomsic said it will likely be on the agenda for the following city council meeting, scheduled for August 11.

�We will report back (to council) our progress in negotiating with Mr. Carruthers. If we have reached an agreement, we will have a contract to purchase the property for the council to act on,� he said. �I am hopeful that this will occur at the next meeting. However, this project seems to defy schedules.�

City council voted at the last council meeting, on July 14, to allow Tomsic to look into the acquisition of the 5.43 acres. Following a 45-minute executive session, the council voted 6-0, with councilman John Liebert abstaining.

Council meets at 7 p.m. on Monday evening at Blaine city hall.

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