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THE TRIBUNE-P HONOGRAPH PUBLISHED IN ABBOTSFORD WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 3, 1990
Armory up for grabs again
The Abby council not only failed to approve any bids for the old National Guard armory at is Oct. 1 meeting, but was told by City Atty. Frank Nikolay that using a bid procedure to sell the building was contrary to state law.
The council was going to entertain a recommendation from the city’s Planning Committee that a $100 bid, from Randy Grambort and Jim Jakel, be approved by the council. That was the only bid received on the property after it was extensively advertised in a handful of newspapers.
It came as a surprise, then, when Nikolay said the city’s use of a bidding procedure went against Wisconsin real estate sales rules and should be tossed out.
“The city should accept offers to purchase, laid down on the table, up to a certain date, and then either accept one of those offers or reject them. Wisconsin real estate law enumerates specific requirements for selling property, and just a bid doesn’t do it,” the attorney said.
“How did we get this far without knowing that?” asked Mayor Duane Grube.
The city attorney said nobody had sought his advice about the procedure, and the first he knew of it was when he saw the bidding advertisement in the paper.
That effectively threw the whole bidding process, on which the city spent several hundred dollars, out the window.
Nikolay suggested the city accept offers to purchase the building up to the November council meeting, at which time the council can accept an offer, with 10% earnest money, or reject all offers.
THE TRIBUNE-P HONOGRAPH PUBLISHED IN ABBOTSFORD THURSDAY, OCTOBER 1, 1970
Marathon-Clark Co-op affiliates with AMPI
Members of the Marathon-Clark Cooperative Dairy Association of Abbotsford have voted almost unanimously to become affiliated with Associate Milk Producers Inc. of Wichita, Kansas.
Voting was done by ballot, and 96.6 percent of the members approved the change. The change had been considered for some months before being presented to the members by the board of directors.
The affiliation with AMPI will not have an effect on the local operation of the plant, and the present board of directors will continue.
Bob Stoiber is the plant manager and Willie Kalepp is president of the board of directors.
The change was made partly because of Grade A milk marketing procedures as well as other considerations, and is expected to strengthen the position of the local co-op.
The Abbotsford plant had been handling Grade A milk for some time and had been selling it through AMPI outlets. A new receiving tank was installed at the plant last summer, and at present, some 125,000 pounds of Grade A milk is shipped each week.
This is in addition to other milk product manufacturing being done at the plant.
Associate Milk Producers now has a membership of some 32,000 producers operating in 16 states.
Marathon-Clark’s name will be changed to be included in the AMPI organization. It is the only plant in the area affiliated with them.
Election tallies were completed by a committee of three tellers.