Rogersville approves purchase of building next door to City Hall

Jeff Bobo • Jul 31, 2018 at 8:30 PM

ROGERSVILLE — The Board of Mayor and Aldermen agreed last week to purchase the old attorney general offices next door to City Hall after the current owner repaired the HVAC and knocked $1,000 off the price tag.

In June, the BMA voted to purchase 110 E. Kyle St. for $145,000, but only if the owner repaired hail damage to the roof, one of the HVAC units, a rotten support post in the crawl space and one cracked floor joist.

There was no mention at last Tuesday’s BMA meeting about the support post and the joist.

However, City Recorder Glenn Hutchens reported that the owner had repaired the one faulty HVAC unit and had lowered the price to $144,000 to compensate for the hail damage, which was likely caused by a massive hailstorm that hit Rogersville in April of 2011.

The BMA voted 4-0 to move forward with the purchase.

The structure, which was originally built as an insurance office, sits on a half-acre at the intersection of Kyle and Church streets.

The city plans on utilizing that building to expand City Hall. The property was assessed at $61,120 in 2017, although the original asking price was $159,900.

Monthly Prayer on the Square

In other business during its July 24 meeting, the BMA agreed to allow the First Thursday Community Prayer Meeting to use the area of Courthouse Square adjacent to the Hale Springs Inn on the first Thursday of each month.

The prayer meetings will take place from noon until 1 p.m. in an informal gathering open to everyone willing to pray for community leaders, first responders and the needs of the community.

Several churches are already involved and everyone is encouraged to participate.

Armstrong Street bridge project

The BMA heard a report form Alderman Mark DeWitte that surveying has been completed on the Armstrong Street bridge replacement project, which has now advanced to the Tennessee Department of Transportation design phase.

In June of 2017, Rogersville received a letter from TDOT ordering a partial closure of the Armstrong Street bridge over Crockett Creek at the Broadway Street intersection within 14 days due to it being deemed unsafe at its last inspection.

The city opted to close the bridge outright because it wasn’t plausible to make the repairs within the 14-day deadline. The city had already been awarded an 80/20 grant to replace the bridge and opted to keep it closed until that replacement takes place.


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