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File #: 62948    Version: 1 Name: Easement Administrative Approval
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 11/10/2020 In control: Economic Development Division
On agenda: 1/19/2021 Final action: 1/19/2021
Enactment date: 1/25/2021 Enactment #: RES-21-00047
Title: Authorizing the administrative approval and execution of documents granting, accepting, altering or releasing certain easements or recorded property interests by the City.
Sponsors: Syed Abbas, Sheri Carter
Attachments: 1. Office of Real Estate Services Memo.pdf
Fiscal Note
No City appropriation required.
Title
Authorizing the administrative approval and execution of documents granting, accepting, altering or releasing certain easements or recorded property interests by the City.
Body
WHEREAS, the City of Madison (“City”) owns thousands of parcels of lands, with the management of that land usually under the charge of a specific City department (i.e., City Engineering, Parks Division, Water Utility, Economic Development, etc.). The City is also the beneficiary of an unquantifiable number of easements and land use restrictions, which may include drainage easements, water utility easements, sight-line easements, restrictive covenants, access easements, and the like; and,

WHEREAS, as a matter of course in the performance of its municipal duties, the City frequently is required to grant, accept, alter or release public utility easements to and from public utility companies (for example: MG&E, TDS, Spectrum, Alliant/WP&L and AT&T) to enable these companies to provide services to their customers within the City; and,

WHEREAS, the City also, on occasion, is required to alter or release various easements or other property rights it holds in real estate in order to enable the development or redevelopment of the burdened property; and,

WHEREAS, whenever the City acquires, disposes or seeks to alter its property interests in real estate, that action must be approved by some affirmative action of the Common Council, and is usually accompanied by a recorded document signed by the Mayor and City Clerk; and,

WHEREAS, even though many of the aforementioned property interests that the City accepts or changes are minor and involve little or no compensation, they still involve an investment of staff time and resources, and can take months to process due to staff workloads and legislative schedules, causing avoidable and unnecessary delays in utility, development and redevelopment projects; and,

WHEREAS, in order to better use ex...

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