VILLA GROVE — After five months of negotiations, the city council has approved an agreement to sell a portion of city land to the owners of a property at 101 N. Sycamore.
The property has a building which encroaches upon the city right of way on East Adams Street. Property owner Kimberly Young approached the city in July to work out an agreement regarding the 4-foot strip of land in order to sell the property.
City officials were reluctant to give up ownership of the property, pending plans of the proposed future ownership.
The city has finally agreed to sell the portion of property to Young for $5,000 and reimbursement of expenses regarding the sale of land. The city retains utility easement rights and agrees to notify the owner in writing if repairs are needed, unless it involves emergency conditions.
In other business, the council discussed the need to start researching repairs to the street lighting on Main Street. The current lights are deteriorating and new parts are no longer available.
"We are running out of our eBay parts," said Mayor Terry Harbin.