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Log Cabin freezes some city land sales

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LOG CABIN–Log Cabin City Council voted Nov. 18 to freeze sales of city-owned lots in the former Section 14 in the northwest part of the city “to safeguard the city’s ability to provide water and sewer services.”
A developer approached the council in October about buying 768 city-owned Section 14 lots on which to build houses. The City of Log Cabin inherited unsold land from the original developer of the private Log Cabin Estates with its 1987 incorporation.
Mayor Jennifer Williams estimates that the city owns 85% of that mostly undeveloped section and that accommodating the additional proposed homes would require Log Cabin constructing a $15 million water and sewer plant. “I’m trying to not only protect the city, but you guys as well,” Williams said. “That’s a big chunk of change.”
Council also voted to approve a citywide commercial and residential rezoning. The rezoning changes section names from numbers to zone letters and expands the ability to situate manufactured homes, as well as to site-build a home in those same areas. Another change is to rezone residential land to commercial on the west side of State Highway 198.
Williams said the rezoning links home sizes to lot sizes, adding, “I believe we have truly listened to the citizens” and have a “fair and cohesive zoning map.” The city’s ordinance about square-footage requirements and property setbacks is expected to be considered in December, she also said.
In other business, council:
• Denied a proposal to keep goats within the city limits.
• Approved giving the mayor permission to sign a maintenance and support hosting and development contract for the city’s computerized citation system, costing $750 for installation and $1,200 annually for five years.
• Approved adding City Secretary Leara Thorp as a bank signatory.
• Approved auctioning an organ and pews from the city-owned Red Barn.
• Heard the mayor explain that the sales and use tax added to the city’s water bill is linked to trash service only.

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