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TIF board approves offer on Hutchinson property
Courier Staff Report
Friday, January 18, 2013 10:00 AM
The Madison Redevelopment Commission, also known as the TIF board, approved an offer of $54,890 to be made for a property on Hutchinson Lane.
The city has been trying to buy the property owned by John Hutchinson for more than a year as part of a project to widen Hutchinson Lane. The city began eminent domain proceedings after Hutchinson refused to sell.
Hutchinson filed suit against the city, arguing that it did not have the authority to condemn county land for a city project unless the city annexed the property. City and county officials signed an interlocal agreement to perform the widening, but said they would not condemn land in the process.
The case was dismissed in July due to a technicality because officials did not attach an appraisal to a purchase offer. The judge dismissed the case without prejudice, which meant the city could still file condemnation proceedings.
Hutchinson has appealed the judge's decision to request the case be dismissed with prejudice, so the city could not refile.
The TIF board also scheduled an online seminar to view at its next meeting. The seminar will cover the basics of being on a redevelopment commission, as well as new opportunities that are available to TIF boards.
The seminar will begin at 10 a.m. and go until 11:30 a.m. on Feb. 28. Regular business will follow the seminar.
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