By Mari Radtke
A public hearing for the sale of property opened the Sutherland City Council meeting on Monday October 4. No comments were submitted by the public about the sale of a dilapidated house at 208 E 4th Street for $100. Until the terms of the sale are complete. Buyer of the house, Bonnie Wallinga, had several questions. She questioned the meaning of language in the contract. The city will continue to pay property taxes and insurance on the property until the terms of the contract are met. The terms simply state an inspection by a city official will be made to verify the house is livable. The hearing closed and later in the meeting the council approved the sale of the property.
Tom Gonnerman appeared before the council on behalf of Town and Country Saddle Club. He requested temporary financial assistance from the council, noting that there was not enough money to pay the insurance due December 1. He explained that COVID-19 in 2020 devastated the organization and this year, so far, they have just 30 members at $20 per year. Their fixed expenses are at about $2100, including the $900 annual insurance premium. Council expressed a strong desire to support the organization that brings in people and activity to Sutherland at Anderson Arena. Several options were presented to the organization. They will be put on the November agenda and some solutions will be considered.
Anyone can be a member. The $20 annual membership fee helps support a variety of equine activity in Sutherland. Gonnerman can be contacted through the Saddle Club Facebook page.
By Mari Radtke