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May 21, 2013

County votes to sell old annex building

Measure narrowly passes as price tag disputed

Athens — Henderson County officials on Tuesday narrowly approved contracting with an Athens realtor to list the old Courthouse Annex building for sale.

Steve Grant Real Estate was chosen to sell the property by a 3-to-2 vote. Precinct 3 Commissioner Ronny Lawrence and Precinct 4 Commissioner Ken Geeslin cast the dissenting votes.

The building became vacant when the tax office was moved into the new Courthouse Annex in the building the county purchased from Prosperity Bank located just west of the courthouse.

The Steve Grant agency proposal listed a suggested price in the range from $185,310 to $247,080 for the 12,354-square-foot building.

Lawrence thought the suggested price was too low when compared to the other two bidders, Ken Browning and Century 21.

“You seem to think this property is not worth as much as the other realtors do,” Lawrence said.

Steve Grant representative James Fielden said the suggested price was based on what other properties on the square had brought when sold and what it would cost a buyer to renovate the building.

County Judge Richard Sanders said he will meet with the commissioners in an effort to reach an agreement on a suggested price.

Geeslin told Fielden that while his company is proposing a fee of 6 percent of the total cost for the service, another vendor was offering to sell it for no more than 4 percent. Geeslin asked if Grant Real Estate would lower its fee by two percent. Fielden said his company would not, adding that their performance would be worth the difference.

The commissioners also approved:

• a collections contract with the City of Brownsboro and the Henderson County Tax Office;

• renewing the contract with First State Bank of Athens as the depository bank for Henderson County;

• naming Citizen’s National Bank as the sub-depository bank for Henderson County;

• a canvas of the votes for the Emergency Service District No. 6 and Emergency Service District No. 8 from the May 2013 Election;

• authorization to apply for the Fiscal Year 2013 Bulletproof Vest Grant;

• accepting a road in Sportsman Paradise in Precinct 3 into the county maintenance system;

• accepting the payment of $20,000 for materials to do the repairs in Sportsman Paradise;

• an Interlocal Agreement with the City of Trinidad and Henderson County, located in Precinct 1.

• allowing the City of Berryville Water Department to place 1,270 feet of water line on County Road 4117 Right-of-Way, and allow boring of the road;

• multiple Tax Resale Deeds from Mabank ISD and Kaufman ISD, located in Precinct 1 and Precinct 2; and

• payment of bills in the amount of $135,296.09.


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