PLATTSMOUTH - Plattsmouth City Council and Plattsmouth Boat Club will soon negotiate a potential real estate transfer for 16-plus acres abutting the local Missouri River front.
Mayor Paul Lambert suggested the council form a committee to meet with a Boat Club committee regarding negotiations. To date, the club’s 17 members own five acres at 16580 Dock Road.
Lambert’s recommendation followed a presentation by Shane Jensen, Boat Club spokesman, at the June 7 council meeting.
Jensen: “We would like to request that the city move forward with getting proposals to fill in the part of the city street that goes to the Plattsmouth Boat Club per minimum design standards.”
Club members, he said, want to work with the city to regain access to the property.
Jensen: “Plattsmouth Boat Club does believe that there is a legitimate claim as an inverse condemnation, especially since the access to the boat club has been blocked off for over two years now.”
He said State Statute 16-610 Public Ways: Maintenance and Repair is not being upheld by the city.
The statute states: “The mayor and city council of a city of the First-Class shall have the care, supervision and control of all public highways, bridges, streets, alleys, public squares and commons, and shall cause the same to be kept open and in repair and free from nuisances.”
Jensen also cited an agreement signed by Mayor Lambert and former Cass County Commissioner Bob Clancy Feb 16, 2004, noting;
- The club is a Nebraska Public Power District customer and funded a water main extension to serve the property;
- The club boat ramp has been used by city responders and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers;
- Members helped the city fill and place sandbags during the 2011 flood;
- Members purchase fuel, groceries and other items locally and frequent the restaurants on and off Main Street while at the club;
- The property is of value to the city and county.
The property was valued as high as $280,000 in 2006 and 2007. From 2008 through 2011, it was valued at $91,023.
Jensen: “After the flood in 2011 and for the year 2012, the valuation dropped to $5,000. In 2018, it was sitting at $61,102….The current valuation for 2021 is $66,350.”
Councilwoman Jeanie Brookhouser said the Boat Club was once offered some land south of the marina.
Brookhouser: “It was something on the table.”
Lambert: “They (club members) was brought up as an option.”
Councilman James Forrest said he wouldn’t be in favor of spending money to repair the road to the Boat Club.
Forrest: “It seems that projects such as these always benefit a small group. “I have a hard time spending money on a project for your benefit. We also have a natural confluence that would provide access to a number of people.”
Portis suggested the council meet for a short executive session to discuss negotiations. When the session ended, the council proposed forming a committee to meet with boat club members.
Lambert: “If agreeable, we’ll get together and talk about it. We’ll get together and hash things out. The first preliminary meeting should be by the end of the month.”
He suggested each committee be comprised of no more than three people.
Portis: “There is a need for urgency in the matter.”