The Fort Scott City Commissioners have decided to forego a costly appraisal for the sale of the old fire station.
Fort Scott City Manager Joe Turner approached the commission during Tuesday evening's meeting with a proposal to pay Mid America Appraisal $2,500 to appraise the old fire station located at 111 S. Scott Ave. Following a discussion the commission decided it was not worth it.
Commissioner Jim Adams said the cost was "out of line" for a building that the city is going to put on the market or put up for auction. Commissioner Jean Parker agreed saying that it would much cheaper to get a local appraiser to give a fair market value of the building which the city is currently renting out.
Turner said the Ron Frazier, of Mid America Appraisals, Inc., is the same person who is providing an appraisal on the old armory, at a cost of $3,500. Turner said that Frazier's appraisal was supposed to have been completed in four to six weeks however it has taken nearly three months. He added that Frazier has been trying to contact him via e-mail but had been sending it to an incorrect e-mail address.
"I don't think we should be doing business like that anymore," Adams said.
Before moving forward, the commission directed the city staff to contact the current renters about any interest in purchasing the building.
Other business conducted by the commission included:
* Presented the Bourbon County Master Gardeners and Garden Club with a certificate of appreciation for the work they do with all the planters in the downtown area.
* Approved a payment of $44,850.06 to Rogers and Sons Concrete for improvements to the drainage at the intersection of Eighth and Main streets.
* Approved a letter of support to be sent for two projects from the U.S. Highway 69 Corridor Study to be completed. According to Dean Mann, representing the Highway 69 Association, there will be no cost to the city to complete the projects.
* Approved the 2010 Street and Alley Program with a cut of $40,000.
* Approved the allocation of $5,000 to the downtown committee of the Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce. The city's annual allocation has been cut in half as a result of cuts to the city's budget.