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File #: 20-0862    Version: 1 Name: 7/6/20 Purchase of Kidder Property
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 7/6/2020 In control: City Council
On agenda: 7/6/2020 Final action: 7/6/2020
Enactment date: 7/6/2020 Enactment #: R-20-237
Title: Resolution to Approve a Participation Agreement with Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission and Appropriate $115,830.00 for Purchase of Kidder Property (8 Votes Required)
Attachments: 1. Kidder Protected Map.pdf, 2. Kidder Aerial Map.pdf, 3. Kidder Scoring Sheet.pdf

Title

Resolution to Approve a Participation Agreement with Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission and Appropriate $115,830.00 for Purchase of Kidder Property (8 Votes Required)

Memorandum

This resolution approves a participation agreement with Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission for the purchase of fee title to approximately 13 acres of land owned by Lew A. Kidder, located in Scio Township. The resolution also appropriates $115,830.00 from the Open Space and Parkland Preservation Millage proceeds for the purchase.

 

Washtenaw County will become the fee title holder of the property and add the property to its Scio Woods Preserve. Scio Woods Preserve is a 91-acre publicly accessible nature preserve with a parking lot, trails, and signage.

 

Kidder Property, Scio Township

The property is approximately 13 acres with access from Scio Church Road. This acquisition, along with the adjoining Scio Woods Preserve, would create an uninterrupted 104 acres of publicly accessible protected land in the area.

 

Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission commissioned an appraisal which was completed March 6, 2020. The fair market value was determined to be $351,000.00 for the fee title to the property. The tables below detail the financial contributions from partners. The resolution approves an appropriation of funds for 33% of the total purchase price, not to exceed $115,830.00, from Open Space and Parkland Preservation Millage proceeds. Washtenaw County will own the property and cover all due diligence and closing costs.

 

Approval of the Participation Agreement and appropriation of funds for the purchase of fee title was recommended by the Greenbelt Advisory Commission at their June 4, 2020 meeting.  The Greenbelt Advisory Commission recommended the purchase due to the quality of natural areas on the property, the property’s proximity and connectivity to other protected land, and the opportunity to leverage City funds through partnership with Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission.

 

Project Budget:

 

Total Acquisition Costs                     $351,000.00

City of Ann Arbor                     $115,830.00                     33%

Washtenaw County                      $235,170.00‬                      67%

 

Staff recommends approval.

Staff

Prepared by:                     Remy Long, Greenbelt Program Manager, The Conservation Fund

Reviewed by:                     Derek Delacourt, Community Services Area Administrator

                     Christopher M. Frost, Senior Assistant Attorney

Approved by:                     Tom Crawford, Interim City Administrator

Body

Whereas, Chapter 42 of the Ann Arbor City Code establishes the Greenbelt district and authorizes City Council to enter into agreements for joint acquisition of land and conservation easements in the district with nonprofit groups and governmental agencies;

 

Whereas, Chapter 42 of Ann Arbor City Code authorizes the purchase of a land and conservation easements with Open Space and Parkland Preservation Millage proceeds, of which there are sufficient funds for this purchase;

 

Whereas, Lew A. Kidder has offered to sell approximately 13 acres of property located in Scio Township, as depicted on the attached map, being commonly known as parcel H -08-35-400-002 (“Kidder Property”);

 

Whereas, Washtenaw County has offered to hold title to the property and add the property to their publicly accessible Scio Woods Preserve;

 

Whereas, The fair market value of the property was determined by an appraisal as required by Section 1:320 of Ann Arbor City Code;

 

Whereas, The purchase price for the property is $351,000.00, of which Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation has offered to pay $235,170.00 plus due diligence and closing costs; and

 

Whereas, At its June 4, 2020 meeting, the Greenbelt Advisory Commission recommended entering into a participation agreement with Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission for purchase of the Kidder Property, with the City contributing up to $115,830.00;

 

RESOLVED, That the Mayor and City Clerk are authorized and directed to execute a participation agreement with Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission for purchase of the Kidder Property, after approval as to form by the City Attorney and as to substance by the City Administrator;

 

RESOLVED, That $115,830.00 is appropriated from the Open Space and Parkland Preservation Millage proceeds for contribution toward the purchase of the Kidder Property, for the life of the project, without regard to fiscal year;

 

RESOLVED, That the City’s contribution is contingent upon the approval by the City of the purchase documents and appropriate due diligence, including review of title work, an environmental assessment, and survey, as appropriate; and

 

RESOLVED, That the City Administrator is authorized to take all appropriate actions to implement this resolution, including the determination of satisfactory due diligence and execution of all appropriate documents.