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File #: 44096    Version: 1 Name: Purchase and Immediate Sale of Sid Boyum's Residence
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 8/15/2016 In control: BOARD OF ESTIMATES (ended 4/2017)
On agenda: 9/20/2016 Final action: 9/20/2016
Enactment date: 9/22/2016 Enactment #: RES-16-00690
Title: Authorizing the Purchase and Immediate Sale of Sid Boyum’s Residence at 237 Waubesa Street.
Sponsors: Marsha A. Rummel
Attachments: 1. Boyum Escrow Agreement
Fiscal Note
No appropriation required. The City will acquire the property using proceeds from an escrow established by the Friends of Sid Boyum, Inc. The City will then convey the property to the Friends group.

Title
Authorizing the Purchase and Immediate Sale of Sid Boyum’s Residence at 237 Waubesa Street.
Body
WHEREAS, Sid Boyum was a prominent local artist whose numerous pieces of publicly displayed art throughout the City of Madison (the “City”) are treasured and part of the fabric of the community; and,

WHEREAS, Sid Boyum passed away in 1991, leaving numerous pieces of art at his residence at 237 Waubesa St. (the “Property), which property abuts the Madison Kipp factory; and,

WHEREAS, while Sid Boyum’s heirs took possession of the Property and the artwork remaining on site for decades, the residence and the artwork have been neglected over time and many pieces of art are currently threatened; and,

WHEREAS, because of the numerous pieces of artwork on the site and concerns about moving the artwork from the back lawn area, Sid Boyum’s heirs did not participate in the Madison Kipp civil settlement, meaning that significant environmental contamination likely remains on site and the site will likely be subject to future remediation efforts; and,

WHEREAS, Dane County (the “County”) foreclosed on a 2011 tax certificate issued against the property, taking title to the property by tax deed in March, 2015; and,

WHEREAS, under Dane County Ordinance Sec. 26.16, the County is authorized to sell a tax deeded property to the City for the sum of all the real estate taxes, including special assessments, owing on the property, along with a service charge, which amount is generally far less than the assessed value of the property and the amount that would likely be paid for the property at public auction; and,

WHEREAS, the Friends of Sid Boyum, Inc. (the “Friends”), is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit formed in November, 2015 to raise funds to purchase the Property and reclai...

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