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Council mulls land purchase in special meeting

The Carlisle City Council met in a special meeting on Tuesday night to discuss purchasing land for the public works department.

According to Mayor Ray Glover, he was contacted Saturday about an land auction for Owens Body Shop located at 410 S. Court St. Glover said there were two bids on the property, with the highest being $32,500.

He said the auction was then postponed by the auctioneer for two weeks and will resume at 10 a.m. on Nov. 16.

Owner Rufus Owens is selling the property because he is retiring and closing the business, according to Glover.

Glover said the because the land is adjacent to the city public works department, it would provide not only additional work space, but land for equipment. While the land would be beneficial to the public works department, Glover said he is not sure the sale price of the property will be of reasonable value to the city nor if the council would find the property necessary.

Alderman Jon Plafcan searched the property value through an online database.

He said the property and workshop located on the property has been assessed for $39,050.

Glover said if the council chooses to move forward and bid on the property, there will be an additional 10 percent fee of the sales price that will be added for the auctioneer.

No action was taken by the council during the meeting. All city alderman and City Attorney Mike Stuart were present for the meeting.

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