BLOUNTVILLE — Five of Sullivan County’s 24 county commissioners made clear Thursday they are not willing to delay the sale of the former Cedar Grove Elementary School property.
They directed the county’s purchasing agent to move ahead with plans to auction the property — located in the Bloomingdale section of the county just outside the city of Kingsport — as soon as possible, with a goal of having the auction completed by Nov. 2.
Four later reached an apparent consensus to extend the possible dates for an auction up and to Nov. 16.
It is the third time the Building Committee, or at least part of the group, has met and voted to sell the property — and the second time in less than a month that the group, or at least part of the group, has voted to auction the property as soon as possible.
But their authority is limited.
The full Commission has the ultimate say on whether or not an auction’s results would be final.
On Thursday, representatives of Cedar Grove Missionary Baptist Church addressed the five committee members present.
Hobbie McCreary said the effort to develop a jointly supported community center has gotten a lot of positive feedback from other churches and the surrounding community.
A man who identified himself as a realtor with Blue Ridge Properties told the committee he represents an client who wants to buy the property.
He said the would-be buyer would allow the community to use portions of the facility at certain times, but he couldn’t publicly say more.
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