Following a bid process, the O'Fallon City Council gave final approval Monday night to the sale of land on Kyle Road for about $60,000 more than its originally approved sale price, which was approved without bids in February.
Although city attorney Dale Funk assured alderman that the original no-bid sale was legal, a complaint from a nearby property owner prompted the council, with urging from Mayor Gary Graham, to open the 8.2-acre property for public bidding.
The final result was that the land was sold to the same company, North Park Grove LLC, owned by Denny Blumberg. The original sales price was the land's appraised value of $133,800. Blumberg's bid approved Monday night was for $193,500.
The only other bidder, Fulford Construction Inc., offered $169,200.
Blumberg intends to build 31 homes on the site near Fulton Junior High School.
Fulford had proposed building 29 homes on the site.
Also Monday night, three new aldermen were sworn in, all winners in the April 9 consolidated election.
Two of the new aldermen were elected in uncontested races: Harlan Gerrish (Ward 7) and Ray Holden (Ward 6). Courtney Cardona (Ward 5) defeated Chris Monroe.
East Adams Street resident Vern Malare made an appeal to council to solve flooding problems that continue to plague the "presidential" streets in O'Fallon's central city. Malare and his neighbors continue to have basement flooding during heavy rains.
Malare said his basement was covered with 6 inches of water during recent rains.
"I believed that funds were approved years ago to renovate the presidential streets with curbs and gutters but nothing has been done," said Malare. "My question is, how do I return the water to you that is in my basement?"
Ward 3 Alderman Jerry Mouser assured Malare that the problems will be addressed.
"We got a lot of rain and it happened," said Mouser.