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Cleveland approves land contract with Liberty County

December 21, 2018

Cleveland city council members approved the Earned Money Contract for a property located at FM 1010 and the 105 Loop, at the city council meeting on Dec. 18 at city hall.

The approximately 2.372 acre tract was the subject of a contested land deal between Cleveland and Liberty County over boundaries and right of way.

Cleveland officials met with Liberty County officials on Dec. 10 to discuss the land, which will be used for future municipal facilities. Both sides agreed on a deal that would work for Liberty County and Cleveland.

“We had a good meeting in Liberty last Monday,” said Mayor Otis Cohn during the city council meeting. “We came up with a solution to a problem that has been sticking up for a while and it was a good meeting. We came up with a good solution the city and country. It seems here lately the city has been batting 1.000 and I would like to see that continue into the next year, and I think it will.”

The difficulty preventing the land deal was a temporary road installed by the county that is smack in the middle of the land to be exchanged. That, along with an easement of 100 feet, would prevent the city from doing anything with the land because it would be to small for development.

“We have been discussing this piece of property,” said City Manager Kelly McDonald at the city council meeting. “This would expand our option basically to expand our operations.”

The city council members also acknowledged the the sixth annual Shop with a Cop event that took place at Walmart. Police offers shopped with 51 children who received a $50 gift card.

City council approved Judge Bob Steely and Associate Court Judge Ralph Fueller for an additional two-year term. His current term is due to end on Feb. 14, 2019.

City council approved the purchase of a new tractor for the West Wastewater Treatment plant.

A tractor was stolen from the West Wastewater Treatment plant in April. The tractor will cost $17,639 and $14,100 will be covered by the insurance. The Wastewater Treatment plant also has another tractor and both will be secured in the future.

marcus.gutierrez@chron.com

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