The City had originally entered into an agreement with Shane Kleinwolterink to lease the ground for 2 years. Kleinwolterink had intended to plant corn on the land with plans to rehabilitate the soil to be replanted in alfalfa in future years, as it has been in the past. After those plans were announced, neighbors to the property brought concerns to the City about chemical spraying, and the potential mess to their properties at harvest time.
After three prior motions failed to pass, Councilman Greg Geels made a motion to terminate the current lease, and attempt to negotiate a new lease that would call for the planting of soybeans this year, instead of corn. After much discussion, the motion passed by a 4-1 margin.
Kleinwolterink agreed to meet with representatives of the neighboring property owners to make sure their concerns are addressed, before presenting a new lease proposal to the City.
Mayor Tricia Meendering said that, after the new lease proposal is received, the city will schedule another special council meeting, in a timely manner, to deal with the new lease proposal.