Shorewood to sell surplus parcel of land
By Clare Walters For The Herald-News November 5, 2012 11:36AM
Updated: December 8, 2012 6:20AM
SHOREWOOD — The village is putting a small parcel of undeveloped land on the market.
The village board recently approved a resolution authorizing the sale of a 3,930-square-foot parcel on South Raven Road.
With the resolution, the lot, at 800 S. Raven Road in River Oaks Estates, was declared as surplus property, a measure that will allow the village to sell it, village attorney Jean Kenol said.
The sale of the property became a consideration after the homeowner adjacent to the property inquired about purchasing the land.
“I suspect the original developer dedicated the property to the village,” Kenol said. “There’s really no reason for us to keep it.”
The land has been appraised, and the village cannot sell the property for less than 80 percent of its appraised value, Kenol said.
According to the resolution, the village administrator is authorized to receive offers to purchase the property until the close of business on Nov. 30.
Given the size and location of the parcel, the attorney said he expects the adjacent residents who inquired about the land to be the only bidder.
In other business, the village board approved an amendment to its fence ordinance to allow homeowners to install a small amount of fencing in their side yards for the purpose of screening garbage containers.
A number of village homeowners associations require such screening, but such a requirement was in conflict with village regulations.
The village board delayed a vote on the amendment earlier this month when a question arose about the maximum height of the fencing. Officials wanted to ensure that the 4-foot height was sufficient to screen the cans.
Trustee Gary Fitzgerald said Waste Management, the village’s garbage hauler, confirmed that the maximum height of its containers is 46 inches.
“So we’re good,” he said.