By Randy Fogg
The Ledger Staff
INMAN – Al Vogts, a developer from North Newton who has worked on several projects for the City of Inman, will continue to work with city staff on developing land for business and industrial use.
Vogts presented the Inman City Council with some of his ideas during the regular council meeting Monday, March 13, at the city office.
The city had purchased two tracts of land it wants to develop. Council members have indicated they want to start with the north tract.
In January, the city had received a preliminary plan from BG Consultants for the tract.
Vogts indicated a willingness to work on a development plan at no cost to the city, as long as his company is allowed to build the infrastructure.
In noting he has been in the construction business since 1989, Vogts has done projects across the state.
“There are several ways you can go about it,” Vogts said.
First, he noted the city could have an engineer design the project and have companies submit bids for the work.
“You need a comprehensive plan, but you do not need to do all of the work at once,” Vogts said.
He suggested the city could look at putting in a residential area in the northeast corner of the development. A retention pond could be put in as a buffer between the homes and the industrial area, Vogts added.
Vogts said the city should take a look at the best location for a street going through the west side of the development.
To begin, Vogts said he would suggest putting in a concrete entranceway into the development off of Ranchland Drive. He noted the city could put in a street to serve the first few lots in the development.
Inman Superintendent Danny Parr said the street could have a crushed concrete based with asphalt millings. Workers would put on a surrey seal on top.
Vogts said he wanted to bring in an engineer to determine if the city sewer lift station on the north side of Industrial Drive would be able to serve the south part of this development.
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