Posted Online: Feb. 19, 2013, 7:40 pm

Silvis to sell abandoned lot to Habitat

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By Leon Lagerstam, llagerstam@qconline.com

SILVIS -- A site once called "the worst piece of abandoned property in Silvis" may become a Habitat for Humanity building site.

During a committee-of-the-whole meeting Tuesday, Silvis City Council members approved placing a resolution to sell the vacant city-owned property at 158 10th St. on the council's March 5 meeting agenda.

The property is one of three abandoned properties the city acquired last year with the help of the Bi-State Regional Commission's Municipal Code Enforcement System.

In March 2012, neighbors of the property told city council members bats living in the abandoned house had bitten or scratched children, who had to undergo rabies shots.City inspector Tom Lupinski earlier had dubbed it the worst property in the city.

The other two properties -- at 2311 9th St. and 507 16th St. -- have been sold to individuals seeking to enlarge their yards. A closing for the 9th Street property is planned for 9 a.m. Thursday, city attorney Dean Sutton said.

The city plans to sell the 10th Street lot to Habitat for Humanity for $10. "We didn't get any bids for this one," said Ald. Tom Conrad, Ward 4, finance committee chairman.

"It will give Habitat a presence in Silvis," he said. "It's a great organization that will build a nice house that will get back on the tax rolls. Someone will get a great home in a nice community; this feels like the right thing to do."

In other action, the council:

-- Welcomed Webelos Pack No. 107 to the meeting and had the scouts help lead the Pledge of Allegiance.

-- Witnessed a plaque presentation to Fredrico Saucedo who alerted American Hotel residents to a 2002 fire. Mr. Saucedo's friends and family provided the plaque and asked Mayor William Fox to make the presentation.

-- Received a recycling award from Allied Waste representative Nichole Schueller who said city residents recycled 450 tons of materials last year, that was the equivalent of saving 3,700 trees.

-- Bought 10 lengths of fire hose at $98 per length.

-- Approved a Star Com Radio contract for the fire department for $100 annually.

-- Bought 100 water meters for $19,600 from Neptune.