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Remington council votes to sell town-owned building

Wednesday, Mar. 12 | By Jonathan Hunley
The Remington Town Council agreed Monday night to sell the building on Main Street that houses Forget Me Not Flowers.

Councilors voted 4-1 to accept a bid of $155,000 from White Ridge Properties LLC. Caitlin Utz, who owns the floral business, represented White Ridge at the council's meeting.

The offer was the only one the governing body received for the town-owned structure, which also houses a barber shop and an apartment.

The move was the first in an effort to construct a new Town Hall.

The building that will be sold is at 201 East Main St. The next to go would be the current Town Hall, which sits adjacent at 203 East Main.

Then if that building is sold, the council can erect a modern government center.

"That's my goal," Councilman Van M. Loving said after Monday's meeting.

If the town could make about $300,000, a new one-story building could be put up.

And that could save Remington taxpayers money because of improved energy efficiency. The town recently replaced the furnace in the existing building, and there is no insulation under the floor, making the structure expensive to heat.

A handful of residents questioned the need for a sale and new Town Hall construction at a public hearing Monday.

Councilman Chad M. Ralls, who cast the sole dissenting vote, agreed with them.

Ralls said he didn't have a problem with unloading the property at 201 East Main.

But, he added, "I don't think we need to sell it just to build another building."

Councilman J. Wilson Clatterbuck was absent from the meeting.

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