The city is looking to acquire a half-acre lot at Main Street and North 20th Street for $337,500. (Image via Google Maps, acquired 2022, available online at

The city’s possible acquisition of a half-acre lot at Main Street and North 20th Street will be among the discussion items at the Philomath City Council’s meeting on Monday, March 13.

The meeting is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. at City Hall.

City Manager Chris Workman said through an agenda item summary that the owner signed and deposited a warranty deed with the city attorney’s office. Workman said the deed will be released to the city upon receipt of payment of the agreed upon purchase price of $337,500 plus the recording fee.

“The council has discussed a number of potential uses of the site but none have been settled on,” Workman said in the summary to councilors. “Once acquired, the council will want to prioritize this discussion and provide additional direction to staff.”

According to Benton County property tax records, the property encompasses 0.51 of an acre and is owned by Linnelle Brown and Vincon Soule Revocable Trust of Redwood City, California.

Other items on the agenda include adoption of 2023-24 utility fee rates, a review of the city’s capital improvement plan and a second vote on an ordinance to rezone property on the corner of Chapel Drive and South 19th Street from medium- to high-density residential.

In addition, appointments to the Budget Committee and Heritage Tree Selection Committee and approval of the 2023-27 strategic plan await the council’s approval.

For those not attending in person at City Hall, the regular meeting will be livestreamed on the city’s YouTube channel.