City selling part of Mulberry Park

Mulberry Park in the City of Warren is about to get a little bit smaller.

In April, Warren City Council approved a subdivision of the park.

A potential sale was at the heart of that move.

City Solicitor Andrea Stapleford said the portion of the park for sale is the upper end of the park which is “not part of typical recreation… due to terrain.”

She said it is “not likely to be developed,” and proposed that two subdivided lots be put up for sale.

Councilman Gregory Fraser asked Stapleford what the cost to the city was in preparing the lots for sale.

Stapleford said those costs were $6,000.

In his motion, Fraser then moved that one of the parcels “be offered for action sale by sealed bid to the highest qualified bidder subject to the city’s approval.”

Also in the motion, Fraser indicated that the highest bid be considered in addition to the $6,000 in costs incurred by the city. He also moved that no reserve be put on the bid but that a 20-foot right of way be a condition of the sale.

His motion for the second parcel was similar except that with the OGM’s (oil, gas and mineral rights) “presently in the city to be reserved and retained by the city.”

“It should be understood (that) if one individual wanted to bid on both, (it) would just be the costs (incurred by the city) one time, not both times,” he added.

Both motions were approved unanimously.