A discrepancy in a land-description document prompted the Grove Economic Development Authority board members to approve replacing an eight-month-old contract with Grove INTEGRIS Hospital, resulting in an increase of $2,600 per acre.
The board approved the new contract, during the Jan. 28 meeting, for 6.33 acres for $240,000, or $37,914 an acre.
The former contract was signed in June for 7.5 acres for $265,000, or more than $35,000 an acre. However, when the land was surveyed the discrepancy was noted resulting in a new contract.
“It’s a very high price,” said David Adzigian, referring to the purchase.
Board members Carl Metcalf, Mike Lewandowski and Adzigian questioned the increase and was told hospital representatives said the sale was negotiated as a lump sum not per acre.
The board approved amending the contract but not without hesitation.
The land is behind a physician’s building and the city’s emergency services building, which is across the street from the hospital.
“The property will grow in value,” Adzigian said.
“It is an asset for the city to have the property,” Debbie Bottoroff, acting city manager, told the board.
Lewandowski, who was the last board member to vote, approved the new contract saying “upon Debbie’s recommendation.”
In other business, the board voted to waive the use of a $150 kitchen fee for Santa’s Old Broads, a women’s civic organization during the Grand Lake Boat and Sports Show.
The Grand Lake Boat and Sports Show is set for Feb. 22-24 at the Grove Civic Center.