ROGERSVILLE — The Rogersville Board of Mayor and Aldermen voted unanimously Tuesday to purchase the building next door to City Hall for $145,000 for future expansion of city offices, but only if the owner repairs some big ticket items first.
The building at 110 E.. Kyle Street was most recently used as the Rogersville offices for the Third Judicial District Attorney General, but it has been vacant for the past several years.
It sits on a half acre and was assessed at $61,120 in 2017, although the original asking price was $159,900.
Rogersville Building Inspector Steve Nelson examined the building and told the BMA Tuesday it's in very good condition, but in need of some repairs.
Nelson said the roof has hail damage, one of the HVAC units doesn't heat or cool, there's a rotted support post in the crawl space and one cracked floor joist.
The hot water heater works fine, but it is 30 years old and Nelson said will likely have to be replaced in the near future.
Nelson said the HVAC unit is fairly new, so it probably just needs a simple repair. The support beam and floor joist issues are also inexpensive fixes.
But, the roof issue is where the city may incur some bigger expense.
"You've probably got a few more years on it (the roof), but two or three years you're probably going to be replacing the roof," Nelson said. "I'm sure the hail damage came from 'THE' hale storm (in April of 2011). It's lasted that long. I'm sure it's going to last another two or three (years)."
Although there was discussion about making the purchase contingent on the owner making repairs, Alderman Brian Hartness made a motion to purchase the property as is.
Hartness said the Board knew the building was vacant for a long time and the condition it was in when it entered into negotiations, and he said he didn't want to take a chance on losing the building.
Hartness's motion failed for lack of a second.
Alderman Bill Henderson then made a motion to purchase the property contingent on the owner repairing the roof and the HVAC, which was approved 6-0.
"It never hurts to ask," said Alderman Craig Kirkpatrick. "They can only say no. That don't mean we don't have to take it."