City to consider selling 8 acres to BEDC


BROOKINGS – The Brookings City Council will decide whether to sell eight acres of land to the Brookings Economic Development Corporation for just over half a million dollars during Tuesday’s meeting.

The meeting begins at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the City & County Government Center. There is an executive session scheduled just after the call to order and record of council attendance.

Land sale

The eight acres are in the Freeland Addition, according to a memo by City Manager Paul Briseno.

The BEDC sees to economic growth and development in Brookings and “is delegated with selling, conveying or otherwise transferring property to businesses in efforts to expand the base in the city of Brookings,” according to Briseno’s memo.

“The Brookings Economic Development Corporation worked with a developer over the past six months to solidify a business to be located in the Freeland Addition, which is located east of 32nd Avenue and north of the bypass. In order to facilitate this development, the Economic Development Corporation seeks the purchase of eight acres,” according to Briseno’s memo.

The purchase price is $65,340 per acre, which totals $522,720.

Shelden field

Action on a motion to proceed with the bidding process and construction for the Bob Shelden Athletic Complex renovation project is listed on Tuesday’s agenda.

The council was shown a presentation on proposed renovations to Shelden field by RDG Consultants as part of the study session of the Dec. 10 meeting. 

“The City Council has determined the Bob Shelden Athletic Complex Renovation to be a priority project. Last year, a resolution was adopted authorizing the 2019 Series, $7.1 million bond to fund the Larson Ice Arena, Bob Shelden and additional infrastructure upgrades. Staff recommends council’s approval to proceed with bidding and construction services for the Bob Shelden Athletic Complex Renovation Project. The anticipated cost of the construction and engineering services is $2.8 million,” according to an attachment to the agenda, which is available on the city’s website.

Listed under first readings is supplemental appropriation No. 1 for the city’s 2020 budget.

“This ordinance will amend the 2020 budget to draw $2.8 million in funds from the 2019 bond to cover the estimated construction cost for the Bob Shelden Project,” according to an agenda attachment. Second reading is Jan. 28.

The other item under first readings is a re-zoning request in the Krogman First Addition north of Highway 14 west of Brookings.

Brookings State’s Attorney Dan Nelson will also be at Tuesday’s council meeting to present information on his office’s new Diversion Program and an update on felony and misdemeanor statistics for 2019.

Contact Jodelle Greiner at [email protected]

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