Howard Lake-Waverly Herald, June 18, 2001

Buyers interested in Waverly railroad property

By Lynda Jensen

Railroad property purchased by the city dominated the regular Waverly City Council meeting Tuesday.

At the meeting, landscaper Kevin Ryks pressed the council to take action in selling him a parcel of the railroad property on the north side of the tracks.

Ryks, who owns Metro West Irrigation and Landscaping, plans to build a new office building and warehouse for his business, to the east of the park and ride lot.

He turned in building plans, a site plan and a landscaping plan to planning and zoning during its meeting the week before.

A separate buyer also contacted the city, expressing an interest in buying the entire section of railroad property on the north side, Mayor Charles Bush said.

The sudden interest caught the council a little off guard, since it really expected to sell the south side parcels first, Bush commented.

The council decided to order a survey done of the property and form committees to prepare the land for sale, in conjunction with the Waverly EDA. "There are a lot of things to talk about," Bush said.

In a related matter, the council rezoned the area along Pacific Avenue, north of Highway 12, south to the railroad tracks from its former zoning of industrial or B-2 highway business, to a new classification: B-3, business adjacent to the railroad, which was recommended by planning and zoning.

In addition, a flaw was discovered in the legal description of the railroad property. The legal descriptions are based upon the location of the main track line that has never been located by a surveyor. This will be at the city's expense to solve, according to its agreement with Burlington Northern.

City Attorney Tim Young recommended the city to pursue a survey and quiet title action to solve the matter.


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