[HISTORY: Adopted by the Council of the City of Meriden 12-5-1966 (Ch. 27 of the 1963 Code); amended in its entirety 1-20-2004. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
Except as otherwise provided by law, whenever the City wishes to acquire or dispose of real property, it shall do so as set forth in this chapter.
Prior to submission to the City Council for approval, each proposal to acquire or dispose of real property first shall be reviewed by an administrative group to be known as the "Economic Development Task Force."
The Economic Development Task Force shall be composed of the following members: the Chairperson of the Economic Development, Housing and Zoning Committee of the City Council, or such other comparable committee of the City Council as may from time to time be created by the City Council, and the City Manager, the Director of Planning, the Director of Health and Human Services, the City Engineer, the Economic Development Director, the Community Development Director, and such other City administrative officials as may be assigned from time to time by the City Manager. The City Manager may designate another City employee to act on his behalf, from time to time.
Each property acquired by the City, other than for a specific purpose or project approved by the City Council, shall be reviewed by the Economic Development Task Force. The Task Force shall recommend to the City Council that the City maintain ownership of such property or that each such property be sold or transferred and, if so, by what method and on what terms and conditions. The Task Force may recommend that such property be disposed of by transfer to a contiguous property owner or owners, by listing the property for sale with a licensed real estate agent, or by a request for proposals. The City Council may accept such recommendation or may approve the disposition of such property by a method or means other than that recommended by the Task Force, provided that in such instance the City Council shall set forth its reasons for not accepting the recommendation of the Task Force.
The City Manager, or his designee, shall negotiate the sale or transfer of each property approved for disposition by the City Council and shall negotiate the acquisition of any property that the City wishes to acquire by purchase. For each such property valued by the Assessor on the last Grand List at more than $50,000 but less than $100,000, the City Manager or his designee shall obtain at least one opinion of value of such property from a licensed Connecticut real estate broker or appraiser. For each such property so valued at more than $100,000, the City Manager or his designee shall obtain two appraisals from licensed Connecticut appraisers.
The City Manager shall submit each proposed agreement for the sale, transfer or acquisition of such property to the Economic Development, Housing and Zoning Committee, or such other comparable committee as may be created by the City Council from time to time, for approval, together with a statement of reasons why the proposed agreement should be approved, which statement shall set forth the value of the property as determined by the opinion of value or appraisals, as the case may be. The submission by the City Manager shall remain confidential until such time as acted upon by the Committee. Upon approval by the Committee, such proposed agreement shall be submitted to the City Council for approval.
The requirements of this chapter shall be in addition to any other requirements imposed by state or local law or regulation.
With regard to any property which has a value less than $5,000 as determined by the Assessor on the last Grand List or to property which consists of a vacant lot which may not be used or developed for building purposes, the City Manager is authorized to maintain ownership of or dispose of such property as approved by the City Council, without further approval.