Updated: April 10, 2013 1:22PM
Part of North St. to be closed Friday
North Street by the city’s Sportsplex will be closed Friday for road and sewer work.
Tris Miles, city engineer, said the closure will take place form 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on the stretch of North Street from Hoffman Street to N. West Street. Residents will be able to get to their homes, but through traffic will not be allowed to pass.
Miles said residents can also expect to see workers at various manhole locations throughout the city in the coming weeks. Work will include replacing some manhole covers as well as sections of sanitary sewer line as part of an infiltration prevention project. Failing manholes and leaking lines identified through smoke testing in 2011 will be replaced.
Home city didn’t need is sold
The city is no longer a homeowner pending the closing this week on the auction sale of the city-owned home at 301 W. South St.
Keith Stevens, chief of staff, said the auction Saturday drew a crowd of about 50 to 60 people and brought in a sales price on the home of $95,000. Two appraisals of the home set the price at $65,000 to $70,000.
“It was a very fair price for that property,” Stevens said.
City officials purchased the property about eight years ago with the intention of using it for improvements to the city’s water works system. At one time it was considered a potential site for a lift station. Design changes to the system left the property unused.
About six months ago Stevens as the Board of Public Works and Safety for permission to sell the property at auction while it was still in a condition where it could be repaired and made livable and returned to the tax rolls. Proceeds from the sale will be returned to the utility for use in other capital improvement projects.
Stevens said the individual who purchased the home is a younger man who plans to improve it and ultimately move in.
“At the end of the day the house went for its actual purpose,” Stevens said.