Council approves lease-purchase of city property

The Yuma City Council whipped through the agenda in about 20 minutes, last week during its regular meeting at Yuma City Hall.
All seven council members were in attendance — Mayor Ron Swehla, Marc Shay, Tim McClung, Marylu Dischner-Smith, Steve Hoch, Dan Baucke and Daniel Ebersole.

The council did pass the first ordinance of 2021 on its first reading.
It deals with a lease and purchase agreement with the Jeff Armstrong Foundation for a portion of the city-owned property located between Detroit Ave. and Indian Hills Golf Course. The agreement is for 3.68 acres south of the Nazarene Church, where the foundation will locate a school.
The lease is for 10 years, and it was stated at the meeting that it is believed the property will be the foundation’s at the end of the lease.
Council members dealt with two resolutions regarding the fuel farm being installed at Yuma Municipal Airport.
One resolution was a “gateway agreement” with US Bank, which will receive the funds from the government, then transfer it to the city. The other was subscription service agreement with QT Pod for the hardware for the card reader at the fuel farm. Both passed unanimously.
A special event permit submitted by the Yuma Museum was approved on a 7-0 vote. It is for a beer garden set up in front of the Fernando’s building in the 100 block of S. Main St. during the 5:10 to Yuma on June 19. It will be in operation from 7 a.m. to 12 noon as part of the Finishers Festival for those who participate in the race. Tumbleweed Brewery will be supplying the beer.
Chip sealing of city streets is returning to Yuma this summer. The council approved the bid from A-1 Chip Seal for $329,602.08 to chip seal several blocks later this summer. The city had budgeted $400,000 for the project.
The council also approved the statement of work for the TDS Study at the wastewater treatment plant.
The council’s next meeting is Tuesday, June 15, at 6:30 p.m.