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File #: 09-0328    Version: 1 Name: 05/18/09 Girbach - FRPP
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 5/18/2009 In control: City Council
On agenda: 5/18/2009 Final action: 5/18/2009
Enactment date: 5/18/2009 Enactment #: R-09-191
Title: Resolution to Approve Grant Application to the Federal Farm and Ranch Land Protection Program (FRPP) for the Purchase of Development Rights (PDR) for the Stephen, Frederick and Christopher Girbach Property in Lodi Township, Approve the Purchase Agreement and Appropriate Funds in the Amount of $992,119.00 Contingent Upon Award of Grant Funds (8 Votes Required)
Attachments: 1. Girbach Map.pdf
Title
Resolution to Approve Grant Application to the Federal Farm and Ranch Land Protection Program (FRPP) for the Purchase of Development Rights (PDR) for the Stephen, Frederick and Christopher Girbach Property in Lodi Township, Approve the Purchase Agreement and Appropriate Funds in the Amount of $992,119.00 Contingent Upon Award of Grant Funds (8 Votes Required)
Memorandum
Attached for your review and action is a resolution to approve the Federal Farm and Ranch Land Protection Program (FRPP) application for the purchase of development rights (PDR) for the Stephen, Frederick and Christopher Girbach property located in Lodi Township. The resolution also requests approval of a purchase and sales agreement with the landowner and the appropriation of funds for the purchase, in the amount of $992,119.00 contingent upon award of grant funds.

Grant Application:
Applications to the Federal program are for funds up to 50% of the appraised fair market value of the development rights to a maximum of $5,000.00 per acre. Completed applications must be submitted before June 1, 2009. It is anticipated that a request for acceptance of grant funds, if awarded, will be presented to City Council in August 2009. This resolution requests approval of this grant application.

The Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program has $2.2 million available this year in grant funds for Michigan.

Purchase Agreement:
The grant application requires a purchase agreement for the purchase of development rights to establish easements on the properties be executed by the landowners and the City and submitted with the application. An appraisal has been completed for the development rights on the property.

The attached resolution also approves the Purchase Agreement for the Sale of Agricultural Land Development Rights for the farm. The Purchase and Sale of the development rights (pending offer) is contingent on the following:

A. Award of grant funds from FRPP;
B. Approval of the appraisal by FRP...

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