3-2 vote sends Freeport property sale issue back to the drawing board

By Zach Jensen,

Freeport residents may be breathing a sigh of relief after the Monday, March 25 meeting of the Winneshiek County Board of Supervisors, during which Supervisors Co-Chair Mark Vick, along with Supervisors Shirley Vermace and Mark Faldet, voted in favor of rejecting the bids received for the purchase of 7.21 acres of land designated as “floodway fringe”.

The two bids were opened Monday, March 18 following a public hearing on the issue, which has been a source of discourse among Freeport residents for approximately the last six months. Freeport residents, along with other county citizens, have implored the supervisors not to sell the land. Their concern is that building anything on the land, that isn’t on stilts, would obstruct the natural flow of floodwaters in that area and could potentially cause worse flooding than what the community has experienced in the past.

But, Vick didn’t vote to reject the bids for that reason. Instead, the Supervisors Co-Chair voted against the bids simply because they weren’t high enough. 

Full article in the March 28 Decorah Public Opinion Newspaper.

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