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File #: 20-0863    Version: 1 Name: 7/6/20 Purchase of Conservation Easement on Stiles-Kaldjian 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-20-238
Title: Resolution to Approve Participation in the Purchase of a Conservation Easement on the Stiles-Kaldjian Property in Ann Arbor Township, Approve a Participation Agreement with Ann Arbor Township and Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission, and Appropriate $60,000.00 (8 Votes Required)
Attachments: 1. Stiles and Kaldjian Protected Map.pdf, 2. Stiles and Kaldjian Aerial Map.pdf, 3. Stiles-Kaldjian Part II Scoring Sheet.pdf

Title

Resolution to Approve Participation in the Purchase of a Conservation Easement on the Stiles-Kaldjian Property in Ann Arbor Township, Approve a Participation Agreement with Ann Arbor Township and Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission, and Appropriate $60,000.00 (8 Votes Required)

Memorandum

This resolution approves a participation agreement with Ann Arbor Township and Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission for the purchase of a conservation easement on a 40-acre property owned by Cynthia Stiles and Eric Kaldjian in Ann Arbor Township. The resolution also approves an appropriation of funds not to exceed $60,000.00 (16.3% of purchase price) from Open Space and Parkland Preservation Millage proceeds for the purchase.

 

The landowners applied to the Ann Arbor Township Purchase of Development Rights Program and the Township has been the lead agency in the negotiations with the landowners. The Township commissioned an appraisal, completed in March 2020, that determined the fair market value of a conservation easement on the property to be $367,000.00. The Township is the lead agency and will be the holder of the conservation easement. In addition to the acquisition costs below, the Township will cover due diligence and closing costs.

 

Stiles-Kaldjian Property, Ann Arbor Township

The property is approximately 40 acres and is located in Section 2 of Ann Arbor Township with legal access from Warren Road. It is owned by Cynthia Stiles and Eric Kaldjian. The property scored in the 100th percentile of agricultural applications received by the Greenbelt Program in the scoring system developed and approved by the Greenbelt Advisory Commission. The property contains 20 acres of forest and 10 acres of wetlands. The property is located adjacent to the 147-acre Kapp and 120-acre Stiles-Kaldjian (2018) conservation easement purchased with funds from the Open Space and Parkland Preservation Millage. The Greenbelt Advisory Commission considers this parcel a priority for acquisition due to its size, proximity to other protected properties, and possibility to leverage funds with township and County funding. The Commission recommended approving the participation agreement at their June 4, 2020 meeting.

 

Project Budget:

 

Total Acquisition Costs                     $367,000.00

City of Ann Arbor                       $60,000.00                     16.35%

Washtenaw County                       $60,000.00                     16.35%

Ann Arbor Township                       $63,500.00                     17.3%

NRCS Grant Funds                     $183,500.00                     50.0%

 

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 City Attorney

Approved by:                     Tom Crawford, Interim City Administrator

Body

Whereas, Chapter 42 of Ann Arbor City Code establishes the Greenbelt District and authorizes the City to purchase conservation easements on property within the district with Open Space and Parkland Preservation Millage proceeds;

 

Whereas, Chapter 42 of Ann Arbor City Code authorizes City Council to enter into agreements for joint acquisition of conservation easements in the Greenbelt District with other government agencies;

 

Whereas, The owners of the property applied to Ann Arbor Charter Township for the purchase of a conservation easement on the property;

 

Whereas, Ann Arbor Township, as the lead agency on this purchase, will be the holder of the conservation easement; and

 

Whereas, The fair market value for the conservation easement on the Stiles-Kaldjian property was determined by an appraisal as required by Section 1:320 of Ann Arbor City Code;

 

Whereas, The purchase price for the conservation easement is $367,000.00, of which Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation has offered to pay $60,000.00, Ann Arbor Township has offered to pay $63,500.00 plus due diligence and closing costs, and $183,500.00 is from federal grant funds from NRCS; and

 

Whereas, At its June 4, 2020 meeting, the Greenbelt Advisory Commission recommended entering into a participation agreement with Ann Arbor Township and Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission for the purchase of the conservation easement, with the City contributing up to $60,000.00;

 

RESOLVED, That the Mayor and City Clerk are authorized and directed to execute a participation agreement with Ann Arbor Township and Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission for the purchase of a conservation easement on the Stiles-Kaldjian property after approval as to form by the City Attorney and as to content by the City Administrator;

 

RESOLVED, That $60,000.00 is appropriated for contribution toward the purchase of the conservation easement on the Stiles-Kaldjian property from the Open Space and Parkland Preservation Millage proceeds for the life of the project without regard to fiscal year;

 

RESOLVED, That the contribution is contingent upon the approval by the City of the conservation easement document and appropriate due diligence, including review of title work, an environmental assessment, and survey; and

 

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