NAPPANEE — After an executive session to discuss the potential purchase of real estate, the Nappanee Board of Public Works and Safety members authorized making an offer on the properties Monday afternoon.
Nappanee Mayor Larry Thompson explained the four properties city officials are referring to as “the May properties” have been appraised and averaged. Thompson asked the board to consider accepting the appraisals and authorize city attorney Brian Hoffer to move forward with making offers.
The physical addresses of the properties in question and their average appraisals are 453 W. Lincoln St., $67,000; 857 W. Market St., $68,000; 859 W. Market St., $15,250; and 905 W. Market St., $33,000. That is a total average appraisal of $183,250, plus closing costs.
Thompson said that while he doesn’t know what the future holds, the potential to extend Lincoln Street out to the west is a definite possibility. Lincoln Street lies south of and parallel to U.S. 6.
Nelson Miller, representing Miller’s Orchard, came before the board on two matters. He requested a variance to the burn ordinance saying that the orchard has burned brush for 50 years. Miller said he usually only burns brush four or five days a year in the spring when the ground is still damp and in small piles that are controlled.
Miller said an issue that occurred last week was highly unusual as he was burning brush in an area that he normally doesn’t. It was a larger pile that had accumulated for years and the weather was a bit windy causing someone to call about the burning. Miller further explained that the family business attempted to use a wood chipper in the 1980s and found it was too labor intensive and not feasible.
“We only have a certain window of time to get in there and clear the brush,” he said.