City, VFW exchange property for services |

City, VFW exchange property for services

Christina M. Currie

The Craig City Council has agreed to exchange approximately $15,000 in services for a 30-foot portion of Veterans of Foreign Wars property in what was called a “win-win situation” by representatives from both sides.

City Council members voted unanimously Tuesday night to sign the contract that would complete the exchange.

“It’s a good opportunity for all of us,” City Attorney Sherman Romney said.

To gain title to the property, the city agreed to pave the parking lot of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) building on Victory Way. City Road and Bridge Supervisor Randy Call estimated the work will cost the city about $15,000 and the work is scheduled during 2000. Call set aside money for the paving in his next budget.

The city has leased about 31 city lots from the VFW since 1948. That property has been upgraded by the city to form part of Craig City Park. In 1957, city officials passed an ordinance vacating the portion of Sixth Street that is now part of the park. The VFW received the property south of Sixth Street and the city owns the property north of Sixth Street.

The problem the city faces is the city pool was built on a portion of property owned by the VFW.

The city will also acquire part of a gravel walkway around the south end of the city pool. The Craig Parks and Recreation Department plans to pave the walkway with concrete in the next two to three weeks and Parks and Recreation Department Director Dave Pike said it will be nice for the city to make the improvement to property it owns.