Properties remain unsold

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By Rebecca Morris

Leitchfield’s old recycling center and a nearby church, used for storage, remain unsold.
During Monday’s City Council meeting, Mayor William Thomason said the city had received no takers in its recent attempt to sell the properties, at 121 W. White Oak St. and 209 S. English St., by sealed bids. The minimum bid for each was set at $250,000.
City attorney Ken Smart led the council through a “finding of facts” to declare both properties surplus, which will allow the city more flexibility in how they can be sold.
Thomason said they’ll now be on the market.
Also during the meeting, the council accepted bids from Scotty’s Contracting for excavating, asphalt and rock, with rates depending on the type of equipment and materials used. Public Works Director Sheila Puckett will review bids for concrete work and make a recommendation at a later date.
The council also:
* Approved the Grayson County Water District’s request to rezone 21 Shull White Road, where its new offices will be built, from R-1 residential to P-1 public institutional.
* Approved sending letters to four property owners asking they clean up their properties, such as mowing overgrown grass.
* Discussed, but took no action on, a suggestion by Councilman Rick Embry that the city install rumble strips on multiple streets, including Wallace Avenue, to slow traffic.
“If Wallace Avenue’s not a good candidate for it, no street in our city is,” Embry said, calling Wallace Avenue “a racetrack.”
Cave Mill Road and Goff Drive were also mentioned as streets where traffic is moving too fast.
The mayor cautioned against the strips, saying the city could be held responsible if they damaged someone’s vehicle.