LOUISBURG — Louisburg City Council has signed off on two land-lease agreements for agriculture production on city-controlled acreage.
Council members voted 4-0 to approve a five-year lease agreement with Babe Cutshaw for hay production on 39 acres of uncultivated land located in Lewis-Young Park. The agreement calls for an annual payment of $350.
Cutshaw, who was the only bidder, has been farming the land since 2016, according to city documents.
The council also voted 4-0 to approve a five-year lease agreement with Greg Foote Farms to farm 21 acres of city-owned land at 29146 South Rogers Road for $2,105 per year.
Greg Foote Farms, which has been farming the land since 2000, submitted the highest bid to farm the acreage.
In other action, the council:
- Voted to make Councilmember Steve Town the mayor pro tem. Town would perform the duties of mayor in Mayor Marty Southard’s absence.
- Re-appointed Traci Storey, city clerk; Pat McQueen, finance director; Jessica McGowin, treasurer; Kelly Stohs, city attorney; Nate Sutton, city prosecutor; David Ruder, municipal court judge; Tim Bauer, police chief; Nathan Law, public officer; and Gerald Rittinghouse, fire chief. The appointments are for one year.
- Appointed council liaisons to various board and committees for one-year terms: Sandy Harris, Parks, Fox Hall, Cemetery; Donna Cook, Finance; Steve Town, Public Safety; Thorvald McKiernan, Public Improvements, Planning and Zoning; and Kalee Smith, Public Works, Streets, Recreation.
- Made three appointments to the Louisburg Planning Commission: McKenzie Phillips to replace Brandon Fosbinder; Lee Baer to replace Donna Cook; and Nate Apple. The terms are for three years.
- Appointed McKenzie Phillips to a three-term on the Board of Zoning Appeals.
- Appointed Jack Kline and Michael McClellan to three-year terms on the Louisburg Park Board.
- Appointed Debbie Landau, Brad Sarver, Dennis DeShazer, Melissa Brummel, and George Karnaze to the Fox Hall/Cemetery Board, and Kraig Hickey to the Cemetery Board.
- Named the city’s official depositories: Bank Midwest, First National Bank, First Option Bank, and Landmark Bank. The appointments are for one year.
- Named the Miami County Republic as the city’s official newspaper for a one-year period.