Local realtors responded to the Atkinson Village Board members’ call for help in showcasing lots in Westview Estates Subdivision.
Ruhl & Ruhl realtors LuAnn Lavine and Art Jackson were at the board meeting on June 18 to offer suggestions on how they could help with lot sales.
Their ideas included reducing the price of the lots, possibly in half of what they are currently. They said the lots need to be priced lower, and they believe anything can sell if it is priced right.
Lots currently range in price from $28,000 to $32,000.
They told trustees it is important to let prospective buyers know living in Atkinson is no different than living off Wolf Road, northwest of Geneseo.
Another asset mentioned is how well the boulevard and parks are maintained in Atkinson.
Westview Estates, at the west edge of the village, was developed into lots in 2006, and currently includes about 20 vacant lots. At this time only four lots have been sold and three houses have been built.
Mayor August Junior said it is time those lots start selling. “Each home built in that subdivision will generate money toward our TIF fund and we also receive a utility rebate of about $4,500 from AmerenIP for each house built, but that incentive will end in about three years.
“We are willing to negotiate the price of any lot in the subdivision,” Junior said.
Board members plan to meet with additional realtors before making a final decision on how to best showcase the lots.
In other business, Atkinson fire chief Bob Floming told the board of his concern about fireworks being set off in current dry weather conditions.
The board agreed that “fireworks will not be tolerated, on any days other than July 3 and July 4.”
The mayor added that anyone in the village limits must contact Floming if they plan to set fireworks off on the designated dates of July 3 and 4.
The board also:
• Approved hiring Katie Orwig as utility billing clerk. She will work on an “as needed basis” and replaces Katie VanAntwerp who is resigning to become an area teacher.
• Adopted the prevailing wage ordinance.