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The Flanders Mansion, owned by the city of Carmel, is at 25800 Hatton Road.

The future of Flanders Mansion under city ownership may be decided Tuesday by the Carmel City Council.

The 15-room, Tudor-revival mansion in the Mission Trail Nature Preserve has been a thorny issue for more than a decade.

The city bought the home in 1973, but it has been vacant since 2003 and subject to a long debate over whether Carmel should sell it. City voters approved a possible sale in 2009, but the environmental impact report for disposition of the property was ruled inadequate in early 2012 by a state appellate court.

On Tuesday, the council faces a number of decisions: whether the current EIR is adequate; whether to sell or lease the property; whether to limit future uses to a single-family residence; and whether to sell less than the originally proposed 1.2 acres with the home.

"I think we have the right options and think we will make a good decision tomorrow," Mayor Jason Burnett said Monday.

"Everyone in the community is ready to get some resolution on this," he said.

Three city advisory commissions have concluded the EIR is adequate, and the Planning Commission recommended a residential lease would be the best course of action.

Melanie Billig, president of the Flanders Foundation, said the group that has long battled city efforts to sell the mansion would support leasing it as a single-family home.

"That's very consistent with the general plan and protects the park," she said. "And it would be good for the mansion."

A major reason the city looked at selling the home was mounting maintenance costs, but Billig said whoever leases the home could pay for needed repairs while the city retains ownership and control of the property.

"Once the property is sold it's gone forever," she said.

Also Tuesday, the Carmel council will consider:

· Approving a formal response to the Monterey County civil grand jury, which last year questioned costs involved in Carmel's use of a private elections consultant in 2010 and 2012 city elections. The city says the move saved money and counted the ballots quicker.

· Submitting a grant request to the state's Recreational Trails Program to help pay for public restrooms at Scenic Road and Santa Lucia Avenue, beach stairway maintenance and a path around Larson Field to Rio Park.

Larry Parsons can be reached at lparsons@montereyherald.com or 646-4379.


If you go

·The Carmel City Council will tour the Flanders Mansion, 25800 Hatton Road, Carmel, before its regular 4:30 p.m. meeting Tuesday at City Hall, on Monte Verde Street between Ocean and Seventh avenues.