By Cole Parkinson
A local business is looking to expand their operations and buy some Municipal District of Taber land in order to increase their facilities.
The M.D. of Taber council received a letter from the Taber Seed Cleaning Cooperative Association requesting to buy some land beside their operations in order to expand their current production.
The land in question is Lot 1 Block 37 Plan 1711853 which would be subdivided and consolidated with Lot 2 Block 37 plan 1711853 in Grassy Lake and council had a chance to discuss whether or not they wanted to part ways with the land.
“Taber Seed Cleaning Cooperative Association is wondering if we would be able to purchase the land to the west of our property up to the posts running north and south at fair market value. We are looking for some land to put up a pole shed to store equipment and small chemical storage (AWSA certified). We would also like to place a couple of sea cans on it for seed storage,” said the letter to the M.D. from Joe Hanson, manager at Taber Seed Cleaning Cooperative Association.
The area in question was a vacant lot with no determined usage assigned. Council was in agreement to selling but they wanted to answer to the price of the lot, who would be responsible for subdivision and legal fees, who would be responsible for removing topsoil accumulations and if they would allow occupancy prior to subdivision and transfer of title.
Council questioned how much topsoil was still present on the lot.
“The existing two sites are stripped, I couldn’t tell you exactly what quantity is there,” said Jeremy Wickson, director of public works at the M.D.’s September 25 meeting. “It was left there to basically service the next lot.”
It was also determined the lot had no services on it.
Council agreed to allow occupancy prior to subdivision and transfer of title as long as there was a development permit. They also gave responsibility of subdivision and legal fees and removing of previous topsoil to the Taber Seed Cleaning Cooperative Association. A motion was made to sell the land for $15,000 plus GST and for the buyers to assume responsibility for legal fees and topsoil, and was passed unanimously.