CHIPLEY -- On behalf of the city council, Chipley mayor John Sasser finalized Tuesday the sale of a costly piece of property.
Sasser's signature effectively transferred the old Chipley Motel property, located on U.S. Highway 90, to its buyer, local chiropractor Dr. Mark Taylor.
The City had doled out about $200,000 to demolish the structure, which came into its possession after a drug task force raid in 2006. Selling the commercial property alleviates the City from funneling money into maintaining the vacant property.
Although the final paperwork did not include a reverter clause, which would spell out the consequences the buyer would face if the property was not developed within a timeframe -- something the council passionately discussed, about four months ago, after learning a private buyer was interested in the property -- city officials were pleased and relieved at the final deal.
"We did well on it," City Administrator Dan Miner said Tuesday following the regular city council meeting.
The property closed at $110,000, about $25,000 more than its appraisal.
Along with savings, the sell of that particular property ushered in Ordinance No. 948, which provides the City with a policy and procedure for the sale of real property owned by City of Chipley. The council unanimously approved the ordinance at Tuesday's meeting.
Also at the meeting, the council approved Ordinance No. 946, which gives code enforcement more leeway to manage private nuisance properties, and Ordinance No. 949, which regulates parking of oversized vehicles in residential areas. In other business, engineering company Mott Macdonald was awarded to perform constant services relating to the City's facilities.
Chipley City Council meets in regular session at 6 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month at City Hall, 1442 Jackson Ave.