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Council to meet to address developer's status

September 18, 2012

Photo by Amy Cherry Zoning/Code Officer Matt Pfeufer discusses changes to various ordinances with city council.

St. Marys City Council plans to discuss the ongoing downtown development projects spearheaded by Bob Yoder during a closed meeting on Monday, Sept. 24.
Councilman Ned Jacob proposed meeting in an executive session at this week's regularly scheduled council meeting after speaking with a Depot Street property owner who is waiting to sell the property after being told by Yoder that a hotel was interested in purchasing the land.
Jacob said one settlement payment was due in July;however, it fell through due to Yoder being unable to secure financing.
"I don't think Mr. Yoder is going to get his financing to build the hotel," Jacob said. "It's been four years for these people. They've been waiting for the money for their property. I would be very disgusted if it were me."
Yoder has spearheaded development projects as part of the Impact St. Marys project. Among those projects are two apartment buildings located on Depot Street, the Canadensis and Marien Stadt buildings. A future hotel project has been proposed for the area, which would be situated on the corner of Depot and Fourth streets.
Property taxes on the two properties have not been paid for 2011 or 2012. According to information presented by Councilman Greg Gebauer during a May council meeting, the amount owed on the Canadensis building totals $163,980.80 in back taxes that is owed by Yoder or his company. The property taxes owed for the Marien Stadt building for 2010 and 2011 total $3,204.54.
City Solicitor Tom Wagner suggested moving the executive session to a later date to allow him the opportunity to review the paperwork affiliated with the matter. Council chose to meet to discuss the issue during an executive session on Monday at 7 p.m.
Several months ago, Zoning/Code Officer Matt Pfeufer submitted a list of suggested changes to the zoning ordinance which was a result of a planning commission meeting.
Wagner reviewed the list and isolated a large quantity of changes, most of which were grammatical or technical corrections to the ordinance. He then listed those corrections in the proposed zoning ordinance amendment and provided a copy to Pfeufer. Wagner recommend the changes be advertised for adoption.
"It really doesn't change any substance, just fixes a lot of minor mistakes in the zoning ordinance," Wagner said. "For the most part it's legal opinion, but there are some personal opinions expressed in there whether it makes sense for council to be involved in some things."
Wagner added other parts of the list require a little more thought.

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