CALVERT CITY – After discussion in a closed session, city council authorized Mayor Lynn Jones Wednesday to enter into negotiations for an unspecified land acquisition.
Details of the transaction are being kept confidential, city administrator John Ward said, to prevent speculative bidders from driving up the price of the property. Specifics will be disclosed before the acquisition takes place, he said.
Council also adopted a resolution authorizing Jones as agent for application for a grant from the Kentucky Department of Local Government to help pay for raising two houses damaged by spring flooding.
Elevating the homes is a requirement in order for repairs to be completed on the two residences, one on North Alabama Street and the other on North Main Street. The two homes were adjuged by FEMA evaluations to have suffered damages costing more than 50 percent of their value.
“They have to be brought up to code if [residents intend to] make repairs and move back into them,” Ward said.
With second readings, the city also adopted ordinances amending the zoning map and affirming the ad valorem tax rate on real and personal property and a property tax on companies and corporations. Rates are unchanged from their previous levels.