Yorktown gets no offers on land sale

YORKTOWN - The city of Yorktown received no bids for the more than 130 acres it had for sale that once included a landfill.

The asking price was $4,500 per acre for the 137.96 acres and did not include any mineral rights.

The city owns 15 percent of the land's mineral rights.

The City Council now will decide whether to continue to try to sell the land or continue to lease it as grazing land, said Yorktown City Administrator Robert Mendez.

The council meets again at 7 p.m. Jan. 13.

The land was advertised for sale for two weeks with a Monday deadline to receive and open bids.

Only about 10 of the more than 130 acres were used as a landfill, said Yorktown Mayor Rene Hernandez.

"It hasn't been used as a landfill since at least 1989," Mendez said.

The mayor also remembered.

"When I came on the council 18 years ago, it wasn't being used. It had already been shut down," he said.

Hernandez said that in the past years before it was closed, the land was subcontracted to a private provider.

"After it was closed, it had to be covered and sit dormant for 10 years," said Hernandez. "It has been released by the state for grazing or resale."

The land is south of the town off state Highway 119.