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June 28, 2018 Lone Tree City Council hears plea for more development dollars
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The Lone Tree City Council met Wednesday, June 20, to further discuss a proposal brought by Rich Burr to the council at its regular meeting May 7.

Burr wants to develop 12.6 acres he owns south of the American Legion and east of Casey’s, and turn what is now an empty field into 40 homes on 20 duplex lots.

Burr’s first hurdle is cost. According to his plan, the initial cost of putting in streets and installing a water main and sanitary and storm sewers would be $465,550 for the 20 lots. Burr asked the city to pay 75 percent of that. He would pay 25 percent along with all other costs. Burr argued that the city would recoup that cost in increased property taxes in 12 to 15 years.

Mayor Jon Green’s response was that the city “hasn’t done anything like this,” referring to the 75 percent share, but he added that there is an advantage to having more houses. The debt incurred for the water treatment plant is to be paid off with sewer and water fees. More households means lower cost per household.

Green said that the “development was good, but the cost was problematic.” Burr countered by pointing to the three way split on water and sewer lines for Casey’s that the city approved last year.

The cost was shared by Burr, who was already thinking about developing his property, Casey’s and the city. Burr is hoping to fill all the lots within three or four years.

Former Mayor Eldon Slaughter was at the meeting, and he thought it was more important to connect the Finley subdivision off Highway 22 to the rest of the city with an extension of Perkins Street as was the original plan 10 years ago.

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