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Fate of former Cedar Grove Elementary on agenda for Sullivan panel

October 9th, 2013 9:09 pm by J. H. Osborne

Fate of former Cedar Grove Elementary on agenda for Sullivan panel

BLOUNTVILLE — What will become of the former Cedar Grove Elementary School is again expected to be a major topic Thursday night at a called meeting of the Sullivan County Commission’s Building Committee.

The meeting, open to the public under state law, is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. on the second floor of the historic Sullivan County Courthouse.

At a called meeting last month, members directed the county’s purchasing agent to find and hire an auctioneer to hold an absolute auction of the property no later than Oct. 19. That action drew public criticism from some other county commissioners.

Contacted by the Times-News on Wednesday, the purchasing agent said she had later been told to hold off on hiring an auctioneer — but she will be presenting options to the Building Committee tonight.

The Building Committee lacks the authority to finalize any sale of property — that must be approved by a majority of the full Sullivan County Commission.

Some county commissioners have said the Building Committee should perhaps bring any recommended disposition plan for the property to the full commission prior to action — rather than putting a plan into play knowing it could ultimately fail to gain approval from the full commission.

Earlier this year the Building Committee directed the purchasing agent to conduct a sealed-bid process to solicit potential buyers for the property — with a $50,000 minimum. But the full commission rejected both bids for the property after community concerns were expressed over one bidder’s plan to open a home for troubled youth at the site.

The Sullivan County Commission is scheduled to next  Oct. 21.

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