Business & economy

Vale council OKs land sale to produce firm

VALE – Jamieson Produce Inc will be able to expand on a seven-acre parcel along Hope Street following a decision by the Vale City Council Feb. 11.

In a unanimous vote, the council agreed to sell the city-owned parcel to the local onion packing firm for $100,101.

“We plan to have a packing shed (there) and increase our business,” said Jeff Stubbs, Jamieson Produce general manager.

The land – between Hope Street and Barkley Drive in north Vale – carries an assessed value of $46,800 and a market value of $207,000 and is zoned light industrial.

The city received only one other offer – from Bay City developer Gary Oldenkamp, for $120,000.

Katy Lamb, Vale city manager, said the property was declared surplus last summer. At about the same time, she said, Jamieson Produce approached . . .