City of Albion seeks to buy land around sewage treatment plant

Albion City Council last week approved a proposed purchase agreement for land surrounding the city’s wastewater treatment plant.
The action was taken after a closed session during the council’s special meeting Wednesday morning, Oct. 31.
The city is to seeking to buy 49.31 acres of land surrounding the treatment plant from Chris Nelson at an offered purchase price of $350,000.
Nelson recently had knee surgery. He is out of town and not available. Andrew Devine, city administrator, said the sale will likely not be finalized until Nelson returns.
Specific uses for the land have not yet been announced.
New Patrol Car
The council also gave final approval for the Albion Police Department purchase of a 2017 Dodge Charger patrol car from the Kansas Highway Patrol at a total cost of $20,000.
This was a budgeted purchase for the 2018-19 fiscal year. The vehicle will include a used interior light package and used siren system, and mileage will be under 50,000 miles.
Sale of Ambulance
In a separate matter, the council approved a resolution allowing the Albion Volunteer Fire Department to sell a 1998 Ford Medtec Type III ambulance with 15,116 miles.
The ambulance is being replaced and is considered surplus property.
Sealed bids will be taken at Albion City Hall until 2 p.m. on Dec. 6, when they will be opened.
Minimum acceptable bid is $10,000, and full payment must be made by Jan. 7 at 2 p.m.
In other business at the Oct. 31 meeting, the council:
• approved the membership application of Nathan Schriver to the Albion Volunteer Fire Department.
• approved three account reimbursement payments totaling over $11,200 from Albion businesses participating in the Downtown Revitalization Project. The reimbursement requests were for Clip N’ Curl Salon, Kelly’s Heating and Air Conditioning, and Schmadeke, Inc.