Aurora aims to lease house to city employee
By Stephanie Lulay email@example.com October 21, 2013 5:14PM
Updated: November 23, 2013 6:25AM
AURORA — Aldermen are slated to vote on a plan Tuesday night that would allow city officials to lease a city-owned home to a city employee.
Under the plan, the city would lease 22 W. Park Place, also known as the Logman House, to a city Property Standards manager for one year. The vacant home is across the street from Aurora’s McCarty Park.
The Logman House was purchased by the city in 2009. At the time of the purchase, the city intended to use the property to allow for “future park amenities,” but future plans were put on hold after the economic downturn, said Dan Anderson, city superintendent of parks and recreation.
Giovanni Santana, manager in the Property Standards Department, will lease the home for $600 per month. As part of the deal, Santana agrees to take on some caretaker duties at the park, including opening and closing the McCarty Park gates from October through March.
Anderson said the agreement will save the city money. Under the deal, the city would no longer have to pay for utilities at the home, lawn maintenance or employee time to open and close park gates, he said.
Santana must remain a city employee or the lease is void. If both Santana and the city agree, the lease could be extended through 2015.
Aldermen will vote on the proposed lease at 6 p.m. Tuesday night at City Hall, 44 E. Downer Place.