The Ottumwa Courier

Southeast Iowa

April 15, 2014

Council approves sale to Historical Preservation Society

BLAKESBURG — Blakesburg City Council on Monday approved sale of the museum property to Blakesburg Historical Preservation Society. The $4,000 bid submitted by BHPS was the only bid received.

Terms of the bid include a clause that if at sometime the property is sold, it can be sold only to another museum or an individual pledged to maintain it as a museum for collection, preservation and exhibit of Blakesburg community artifacts and history.

The council also approved an increase in water rate from $14.40 to $16 on the first 1,000 gallons effective May 1. Mayor Jason Myers explained the increase was required to help pay for future improvements of the water tower and water system update.

Meyers announced the appointment of Vicky Willey as finance officer, an unpaid position until the next election.

The city passed a resolution to join Area 15 Planning Commission after hearing County Supervisor Jerry Parker explain some of the advantages. Joining costs the city nothing and will help improve community housing by helping make it possible for homeowners to improve the condition and appearance of their homes because very low-income homeowners become eligible to apply for no-interest loans up to $12,000 for house repair. Those on the lowest income scale do not have to repay the loan as long as they are living in the house. The loan will be repaid when the owner sells the house or from the estate if the owner dies. Homeowners with a higher income may apply for a very low-interest loan and must repay the loan within a specified period of time. Depending on income, the interest rate may be as low as 1 percent, he said. Interested home owners should contact Parker. He will explain the eligibility requirements, loan terms and help fill out the application at no cost to the applicant.

In other business the council:

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