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Posted: Monday, October 17, 2016 7:13 pm

It wasn’t a unanimous vote, but the Madison City Commission approved on Monday a real-estate purchase agreement between the city and the corporation that owns the Wenk company property along S. Egan Ave.

In the agreement between Madison and the seller – identified in the agreement as Wenk Produce Company Inc. and Wenk Foods Inc. – the parties have agreed that the city will buy the land and buildings for $1 and accept the property in its “as is” condition.

Mayor Roy Lindsay told the commissioners that he and others had toured the Wenk building – which was used for processing chickens – earlier on Monday and examined the site. Lindsay had toured the building before this week and found that the processing plant was in a state of disrepair since Wenk Foods had stopped production at the plant in 2002.

Lindsay said that current considerations would lead Madison to demolishing the plant and using the lot for different purposes. He said since Friday, he had received four inquiries into future use of the property from interested parties.

Commissioner Bob Thill expressed concerns about having the city purchase the Wenk property because other property owners could bring similar proposals to the city in the future. Commissioner Kelly Johnson said he felt the process of reviewing the agreement and approving the contract was “rushed.”

The city commission’s vote was 4-1 with Johnson voting “no.”