A proposal to swap a wooded city lot near Lake Mitchell for a privately owned lot and building adjacent to the city’s new soccer complex will be back before the Mitchell City Council at its Monday meeting.
The proposed swap involves local resident Jerry Thomsen. The city would get Thomsen’s 3-acre lot and 11,360-square-foot building at the corner of Industrial and Tower roads, adjacent to the city’s new Pepsi Cola Soccer Complex. Thomsen would get the city’s wooded, 9-acre lot across from his lakefront home, near the intersection of North Harmon Drive and National Guard Road. The swap would include a payment of $150,000 from the city to Thomsen.
The council conducted a hearing on the swap at its Dec. 21 meeting. About 70 people attended, nine of whom rose to tell the council that they oppose the swap because they do not want to lose the trees that cover the city-owned property. Following that public testimony, the council tabled the issue.
The swap is due to come up again sometime during Monday’s council meeting, which will begin at 7:30 in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 612 N. Main St.