No deal: Bluff City BMA rejects high bidder's offer for town hal

No deal: Bluff City BMA rejects high bidder's offer for town hall

Sherry Grubb was the top bidder at a public auction of the former Bluff City Town Hall building on March 26th. Sherry Grubb was the top bidder at a public auction of the former Bluff City Town Hall building on March 26th.
Despite her winning bid at a public auction, a Bluff City business woman will not be the new owner of the old Town Hall building.

At least not for now.

Sherry Grubb was the top bidder at a public auction of the former Bluff City Town Hall building on March 26th.   She bid $9,700 in hopes of turning the dilapidated downtown building into headquarters for her photography business.   

But Grubb said she soon learned town leaders felt her bid was too low, so they did not plan on accepting her bid.

She hoped for resolution at the Monday night meeting of the Bluff City Board of Mayor and Alderman.  The agenda for the meeting included a resolution to approve the sale of the building.

Grubb said she found out the second highest bid came from Alderman Lon Gene Leonard.   Leonard was not at the Monday meeting, and there was open disagreement on whether or not he actually entered the second highest bid.

Vice Mayor Ray Harrington made a motion to approve the sale to Grubb, but that motion failed when no one seconded the motion.

Mayor Irene Wells told News Channel 11 earlier in the day she felt Grubb should be allowed to own the building since she was the high bidder.  As Mayor, Wells only can vote on resolutions in the event of a tie.

After the meeting, Grubb to News Channel 11 she's hoping that future opportunities develop to purchase the building.  But she has her limits.  "I want the building, period," Grubb said.  "I do not want the building at all costs."


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