By Jared Arnold/Chewelah Independent
The Chewelah City Council voted to sell city property known as the “county yard” for $50,000 to Weston and Heidi Griepp of West One Plumbing at their regular meeting last Wednesday evening, Feb. 15.
The property had not been advertised for sale but was declared surplus by the city earlier this month. The Griepps also offered to rent the lot back to the city until August 1 in exchange for $5,000, lowering the net proceeds to the city to $45,000. The parcel, zoned Retail Business, consists of approximately 24,300 square feet and is currently used by the city to store transformers, power poles, water pipes and other materials. It is located on South 2nd St. West behind Hartill’s Mountain Saw and Tractor.
Councilwoman Sharon Ludwig noted that the proceeds from the sale of the property would be used to help pay for the new city shop located near the wastewater treatment plant.
Councilwoman Carra Nupp voted against the sale after asking if other offers would be considered. City Administrator Mike Frizzell said that, if the council voted to accept the offer, no other offers would be considered. All other councilmembers voted in favor of accepting the offer.
The council’s next regular meeting will be held Wednesday, March 1, 6:30 p.m. at City Hall.