The Comfort Inn in Story City is for sale. The Story City City Council voted Monday to subdivide the hotel’s property to two separate parcels.


During discussion about the subdivision, City Administrator Mark Jackson informed the council, “Comfort Inn is up for sale.”


The hotel was built in 2003, when a group of local investors saw the need for lodging. This year, the local Comfort Inn celebrated its third consecutive Gold Award from Choice Hotels International, which represents being in the top 10 percent of the Comfort Inn brand in the nation.


In April, the Story City Comfort Inn was ranked 36th of 1,051 Comfort Inn properties in the country.


In recent years, the owners have installed new carpet, new guest room lighting and new beds.


In other discussions, Jackson reported to the council that two business properties in Story City were close to being sold. He didn’t reveal the names of the businesses, but said one was near the interstate and one was in the downtown area.


In other news:


* The North Park renovations are slated to begin Aug. 15.


* The council approved a liquor license for Bethany Life.


* Councilman Karl Ostrem reported that two more people had talked to him about the need in the community for a dog park. He said several other people had talked to him about this in the past.


* Councilman Chris Crutchfield wanted to remind residents that the city has a leash law that requires dogs in the city limits to be on a leash anytime they are outside. That includes if the dog is on a resident’s personal unfenced property. Dogs are not allowed to run loose anywhere in the city.