City receives counter-offer from Monsons for feedlot price

Interim City Manager Mark Kunkler confirmed that the Sunnyside City Council has received and discussed the counter offer from the Monson family to purchase the feedlot just outside of city limits.

Kunkler said the Monson family submitted a counter offer to the city's bid to purchase the feedlot over the Christmas holiday. Kunkler further said the Council took the matter up in executive session last week. Kunkler said the city is in the process of putting together a response to the offer the Monson family submitted. Kunkler said it should take no more than a week to have the response finished for the Monson family.

Kunkler would not release the amount of the price being asked for by the Monson family or the amount the city was willing to spend to purchase the property.

The Monson family had given the City of Sunnyside a Nov. 14 deadline to make an offer to purchase its property. The city had made its offer by the Nov. 14 deadline, family representative Bill Monson confirmed in an interview earlier this month.

While the exact figure for the purchase price is not being released, it is believed to be $4.4 million. During an interview in May with the Daily Sun News, Arvid Monson confirmed that he was willing to sell his property to the city for $4.4 million, or $200 per head. In May of 2003, Monson had 22,000 head of cattle on his feedlot.

. Mike Kantman can be contacted at (509) 837-4500, or email him at


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