Perryville declares building and lot as surplus

March 11, 2004|GARY MOYERS

PERRYVILLE - Perryville City Council voted Wednesday evening to declare as surplus a city-owned building and lot at the corner of Second and Jackson streets.

The property became expendable, Mayor Bruce Richardson said, when the city sold its water department to Danville last year. The building was used as a maintenance facility and is still used to house some city equipment.

"The question is, in the long run, is the city going to need it any more?" Richardson asked council members.

Council member Julie Clay raised the question of leasing the property.

"It is on a corner on the way to the (Perryville) Battlefield," she said. "That definitely adds to the value. Leasing might be a way to develop a regular revenue stream for the city."

Richardson said he has been approached by people interested in purchasing the property, and Ann Sleet added one person has asked her about the possibility. Richardson said one interested party indicated he would demolish the building if he buys it.


"It's in pretty bad shape, and if we leased it, it would have to be with the stipulation that the tenant renovate the building," he said.

The council voted to declare the property surplus and authorized Richardson to hire an appraiser to give a value to the lot.

"Leasing certainly would be an option if the council desires, or we could sell at either public auction or by a bid process," he said. "We can make that decision once we know the value of the property."

The lot is zoned for commercial use, Richardson said. Perryville actually owns three properties - City Hall, a building that is leased to Boyle County for an emergency medical services station, and the lot in question.

In other action, the council voted to accept the resignation of council member Bill Howell, a National Guard member deployed in Iraq. He was called to active duty in January and will spend anywhere from one year to 18 months overseas.

Richardson, by Kentucky statute, will find a suitable replacement and appoint him or her to serve the remainder of Howell's term.

The city also established April 15 as cleanup day, during which items not otherwise collected by garbage pickup can be set at the curb to be collected.

The council will next meet in regular session at 7 p.m. April 1.

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