City trying to determine ownership of property where street will be placed
By JESSICA CRAWFORD
• Leader & Times
Ron Warren Construction entered into an agreement with the City of Liberal Monday evening to place a road on Purdue Avenue between Krause Court and Westhaven Drive for the purpose of residential development. The only snag commissioners came up against was no one is certain who owns the west side of the property the road will be constructed upon.
“I currently have an agreement with Shannon Francis to buy some lots on the east side of Purdue between Krause Court and Westhaven,” Warren said. “I would like to build houses on that street. Of course, the problem right now is that there is no street there.”
Warren asked the city to pay for the side of the street to which ownership has not yet been determined. He presented a cost analysis from J&R Sand in 2006 in the amount of $66,720. The city would be responsible for 50 percent of the approximate cost.
“I would like to ask the city to participate in putting that street in,” Warren said. “I am willing to pay for 100 percent of the side of the street that I can use. I would like the city to pay for the other side, because we all know there is some question as to who the property belongs to. In my opinion, it is more what it will do to the city and the benefits for the area to get the street put in.”
Commissioner Dave Harrison sid he felt the project must move forward, that it would benefit Cottonwood Intermediate School’s current traffic issues. Vice Mayor Joe Denoyer agreed, however, felt research into the actual ownership of the property must continue.
“This has been an ongoing deal for about four years – the ownership of the west side,” Harrison said. “I don’t know that it is ever going to be determined. That thing was platted as a park. The fact remains, it does have an impact on Cottonwood school which has experienced traffic problems.”
Denoyer asked City Attorney Shirla McQueen if any taxes had, in fact, been paid on the property in the past.
“My understanding is that there has not been,” McQueen said. “I have not contacted the county about that, but I was told that it had not.”
Warren said there would be sufficient space for six homes in the range of $138,000 to $145,000 to be built on the property currently owned by Francis.
Harrison made the motion to move forward with the project, which received a second from Mayor Tim Long. The item passed with the four present commissioners voting in favor. Commissioner Bob Carlile was absent.
“I would like to make sure we do start the investigation on who owns that property,” Long said following the vote.
“It has been ongoing, we need to expedite it,” Denoyer agreed.