The city of Gering says past reserved mineral rights on the city’s planned Industrial park property and the need by state law to take sealed competitive bids from all interested parties when selling the property means it cannot accept a bid from Croell’s Redi-Mix to use the land for a cement plant and regional office.
Last week many local businessmen urged the city to accept Croell’s bid after they offered to pay the same $726,000 for the 83 acres that the city paid. But the city said in a prepared news release today (Monday)that to ensure fairness sealed bids need to be taken from all the multiple parties interested in the property.
The city also said years before they purchased the property from Leo Hoehn, prior owners of the land reserved mineral rights for the site, which restricts future owners. The city said Hoehn had no mineral rights to transfer so the city cannot accept Croell’s offer to locate their business at the industrial park or accept their offer without taking sealed bids from all parties interested.
The city say it is still excited about Croell Incorporated ‘s interest in Gering and is actively working with them to explore possible partnership opportunities and other sites for the location of their business.
The city also said in the its prepared release that it is making a significant investment in property so the area has a “suitable certified industrial site” to attract business as recommended in a regional economic development plan by Thomas P. Miller & Associates.