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Bismarck sells condemned property on Spruce

The city of Bismarck has accepted its first bid for condemned property with the understanding that the buyer will tear down the dilapidated home and build a new residence on the land within a prescribed period of time.

The board of aldermen approved a single bid of $1,500 submitted by WKS Construction at its Tuesday night meeting for the purchase of the property located at 1309 Spruce St.

“They understand what they have to do, right?” asked Alderman Carol Baker.

Mayor Seth Radford responded, “Yes, they came in and I talked to them. [City Attorney Dan Fall] will make sure the contract says that construction has to start within 12 months and has to be completed within 18 months.”

After the bid was unanimously approved, Mayor Radford noted that the board of aldermen has “worked very hard” to clean up the city.

“We have several more on the condemned list coming up here in the next month,” he said. “Now we are going for the construction of new companies and new businesses, and of course, new residential as well. So, that’s our new big push. It took us two or three years – almost four – to get things cleaned up. Now we’ve got to start the building process.

“This is what we’re selling this property for is the purpose of building a two-bedroom or more single-family house. It is an R-1 (residential) District. We’re going to start pushing the building phase and start getting people building here.”

In other action, the board learned that the city heard from Anita Skaggs of Crouch, Farley and Heuring, who reported it had received a clean audit; spoke with a man whose wife is having sewer problems at her new restaurant; accepted a $450 bid for the removal of four trees on Walnut Street as part of the city’s sidewalk project; and discussed putting one of the police department’s old patrol cars out for bid.

“We’re going to start pushing the building phase and start getting people building here.” — Seth Radford, Bismarck mayor

Bismarck Mayor Seth Radford, center, opens up a bid for the purchase of condemned property in the city. The board of aldermen hope this will begin a new construction phase in the town.

Bismarck Mayor Seth Radford, center, opens up a bid for the purchase of condemned property in the city. The board of aldermen hope this will begin a new construction phase in the town.

Anita Skaggs of Crouch, Farley and Heuring provides an overview of the recent Bismarck city audit to the board of aldermen. She described the findings as

Anita Skaggs of Crouch, Farley and Heuring provides an overview of the recent Bismarck city audit to the board of aldermen. She described the findings as “clean.”

Kevin Jenkins is a reporter for the Daily Journal and can be reached at 573-518-3614 or kjenkins@dailyjournalonline.com

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