Manchester Village Council met on Tuesday, June 3 in a regular meeting at the Manchester Community Building. During the meeting, Joseph Brumley of J&J Builders rose to address the council, expressing interest in the old high school building.
Brumley owns the old high schools in Georgetown and Higginsport. He explained to the council that he purchased these buildings and hopes to purchase the old high school in Manchester in order to develop them into leasing opportunities. He mentioned the possibility of turning the building into office space or residential apartments.
Currently Brumley is working on grants for the Higginsport and Georgetown renovations, and developing the leasing opportunities. He stated that he would be interested in keeping the gymnasium for municipal use, leasing it out for events and such.
The council entered executive session and discussed the details of the property as well as the old town hall property. Once they re-entered open session, the council motioned that they accept bids for the two properties with bidding closing on August 5, when the bids will be discussed at the council meeting that night.
Council members stated that the old school property will require a minimum bid of $20,000 and the old town hall is open to bid on with any reasonable offer. Both properties will require a business plan to be submitted with the plans for the bid to be considered valid.
The property has been surveyed recently, so those bidding can access the recent survey to see exactly what they are bidding on. Mayor Troy Jolly noted that the old high school property has gone through the bidding process several times before, and, while they have received bids in the past, no business plans accompanied the bids, so the school has remained unsold.
The meeting also touched on the recent vandalism that occurred in Manchester, involving tires being slashed. Manchester Police Chief Bowling said that they received a tip that individuals were bragging on Facebook about the acts. The suspects are now under arrest.
Mayor Jolly also mentioned that several lawns are in violation of the village weed ordinances and he has received multiple complaints. The police will begin citing those in violation and working to correct the issue; however, the process does take time, so the Mayor asked for patience.