Rio Vista

Green dollars delayed, but green grant a go

By From page A8 | October 02, 2013

RIO VISTA — A purchase agreement between the city and California Vegetable Specialties was put on hold Tuesday when it was pulled from the City Council agenda.

Mayor Norman Richardson declined to elaborate as to why the item was tabled except to say that “some other issues” needed to be looked into before the City Council authorized the city manager to begin the agreement between the city and the leading grower of endive in the U.S.

The property, which until recently couldn’t be sold due to a deed restriction, is located at 15 Poppy House Road and has been leased since 1995 by Rich Collins, president of California Vegetable Specialties.

The purchase price is set at $317,000 for the 5.95 acres located in the business park area, stated city staff in a report issued last week. The terms state that the note is payable in four years with the first payment of $79,375 and the consecutive three years to include a 3 percent interest charge, bringing subsequent payments to $81,756 each.

The City Council also authorized the execution of two clean air grants from the Yolo Solano Air Quality Management District. One for an EcoBoost pickup truck is worth $19,000 with a $9,034 match from the city. The other is for an alternative diesel riding lawn mower and is worth $33,000. The local match is about $19,643.

Both replace old, outdated equipment.

Reach Susan Winlow at 427-6955 or [email protected] Follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/swinlowdr.


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