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Surgoinsville plans sale of two lots originally acquired for new fire hall

Jeff Bobo • Aug 24, 2017 at 9:30 AM

SURGOINSVILLE — Two lots at the end of Old Stage Road which were purchased in the 1990s for the purpose of building a new fire station will instead be put up for sale by the Surgoinsville Board of Mayor and Aldermen.

The fire department didn’t build the station, and those two lots continue to sit vacant, and off the property tax rolls.

Mayor Merrell Graham said he doesn’t know their exact acreage but estimated both lots to be about 150 feet by 100 feet.

“That’s the only vacancies in that subdivision,” Graham noted.

City Attorney Joe May told the BMA during its Aug. 14 meeting that the city will first have to get the property appraised so it can set a minimum bid.

The property would then have to be auctioned, either by the town itself or by a real estate agency.

“For the sale of real property right now, it seems like it’s a fairly good market,” May told the board. “Unless a member of the board has a fairly good knowledge of the real estate market, it may be in the town’s best interest to have an auctioneer or a real estate agent handle the marketing of it. You certainly wouldn’t want to give it away.”

The BMA agreed to table any action regarding the sale of the property. It will be discussed again at the Sept. 5 BMA workshop, at which time the board hopes to have an appraisal on the property.

In other business on Aug. 14, the BMA:

— Heard a report from Graham that for the second year in a row the Riverfront Festival at Surgoinsville Riverfront Park will be a week earlier than usual, on the Friday and Saturday of Labor Day weekend. The Block Party will be Friday, Sept. 1, and the daylong Riverfront Festival will be Saturday, Sept. 2.

— Heard a report from Vice Mayor Bobby Jarnagin that with the passing in May of Planning Commission Chairman Theo James “T.J.” Debord, the BMA needs to make a new appointment to the commission. The board will evaluate its options and possibly make an appointment at next month’s meeting.

— Heard a report from Graham that he has a nominee to fill the vacant building inspector position, a local resident who is a retired builder with extensive experience in all facets of construction. Graham said he will report back to the board if his nominee agrees to accept the position.

— Approved the purchase of a four-wheel drive, fully equipped 2018 Chevy Tahoe police vehicle for $45,600. The price was acquired through the state bid, and then negotiated down about $2,000. Funding for the payment was already allocated in the 2017-18 budget.                         

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