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Proposed property transfer sparks concern during Urbana Council meeting (Audio included)

Urbana City Council discussed a resolution that would transfer a property to Habitat for Humanity during a meeting Tuesday.

The proposed property is at 247 West Twain Avenue. Some members on council have a concern with giving the property away because when the city acquired the property in April 2011, it was not responsible for back taxes. If council gives the property away, it would then be liable for the taxes. Habitat for Humanity has agreed to pay half of the back taxes if the property is donated. More research is being done to see if Urbana will have to pay the taxes if they are donating the property.

Council approved a $50,000 purchase order with Purvis Brothers for fuel at the airport. The airport had to purchase more fuel because there has been more traffic through the area and there was not enough money budgeted to maintain fuel levels through the end of the year.

The intersection of Abbey Lane and North Russell Street will be seeing a change in traffic signals while a traffic study is being conducted. The intersection has had several accidents over the last couple of years and a study is being done to see if a change in signal is required. While the study is being done the intersection will be an all-way stop. There is a possibility that the all-way stop will be permanent.

Council took its first look at an ordinance that would amend a rule for single non-conforming lots of record. There will be a public hearing on the matter at 6:45 pm October 9th.

This weekend marks the Urbana Chili Cook Off in downtown. There will be about 30 tents serving chili and competing in several different categories. There will be music, live entertainment, cornhole games, a beer garden, and the Hoopla Parade.

Director of Administration Kerry Brugger discusses the property transfer and fuel purchase.

The City of Urbana Council will meet again on October 9th at 7 pm.

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