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  • Greensburg city council approves $240,000 airport land purchase

  • Following a 45-minute executive session Monday evening, the Greensburg city council unanimously approved a $240,000 purchase of land intended for the development of a new Greensburg airport.


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  • Following a 45-minute executive session Monday evening, the Greensburg city council unanimously approved a $240,000 purchase of land intended for the development of a new Greensburg airport.
    The city council voted 5-0 to approve the purchase of a 142-acre plot of land to the east of city limits. The land runs along the east side of 37th Avenue, south of H Street and north of I Street.
    A draft of the contract between the city and the landowner addresses mineral rights and the purchase is contingent upon an agreement between the city of Greensburg and the oil and gas lessee.
    The section of land referred to as “the west half of the west half of section 7, township 28 south, range 17 west” will be purchased by the city for $240,000 with $5,000 paid upon agreement of the contract and the remainder to be paid at close of escrow on or before May 17.
    The County Appraiser’s office has the plot of land appraised for $14,130 total AG value  and is listed at $60,570 total Ag market value for the 2012 tax year. The report notes that the land was inspected last on Sept. 2, 2011.
    The seller of the land will reserve all minerals, oil and gas produced from the land, but upon their death the rights will revert to the city. The seller is not allowed to alter or sign new agreements without city approval.
    The contract says that the land is covered by a Conservation Reserve Program contract until 2013 and the seller will receive payments from that contract for the 2012 fiscal year. The agreement also stipulates that the seller would have the right to hay and receive payment from the program, but that the city, should it impede upon the collection of hay on the land would incur and be responsible to pay all penalties.
    The entire purchase is contingent upon the city coming to an agreement with Advantage Resources Inc., an oil and gas lease holder on the land, to “not conduct any surface activities” on the property. 
    If the city cannot come to an agreement with Advantage Resources, it would be able to cancel the contract.
    The new airport has been a keystone project for the city following its transformation of the old airport into the Greensburg Industrial Park. The airport is slated to have a larger runway and would be able to potentially accommodate larger airplanes.
    The city had previously entered into an agreement with HW Lochner Inc. to design a new airport and map the surrounding air space. The city will pay the Chicago based design firm $72,700 for their services.

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