Council votes to sell old T.S. Boyd school building

By LEA RIZZO, Daily Mountain Eagle
Posted 10/14/17

DORA — The Dora City Council voted Thursday to put the T.S. Boyd school building up for bid, requiring a minimum bid of $25,000.

“We have come to a …

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Council votes to sell old T.S. Boyd school building

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DORA — The Dora City Council voted Thursday to put the T.S. Boyd school building up for bid, requiring a minimum bid of $25,000.

“We have come to a point where T.S. Boyd School has become a big financial burden” on the city, Mayor Randy Stephens said. “Since we have taken over that school [in 2014], we’ve spent $50,000 on insurance, security, water, fire, miscellaneous things, and we’ve received very little back from that investment. ... It continues costing us money every month.”

He then told the council that he is of the opinion that the city should sell the school building. Stephens proposed that the sell take place through sealed bid.

Over the past two years since the city came to possess the school in December 2014, the school building has mostly been used by Dora Park and Recreation’s basketball teams and We Restore, Inc., a group that was working to restore the building and use it for community programs.

Stephens said that “$50,000 to maintain a kids’ basketball court is a big investment of the city’s money. I don’t know that that’s wise of us as stewards of the city’s money. Are we spending it the best way we should?”

Stephens then recognized Hezekiah Walker, a former council member, who said, “The major reason the city went after that building when it initially came up was with the sports department in mind so the youth would have somewhere to play their winter sports.”

Walker then asked the council to possibly request that whoever buys the building would continue to allow city to use the school’s gym.

“It was a great advantage to the sports department,” he concluded. Councilman Arthur Lee Taylor said they could ask but it would be up to the new owner to make that decision.

Dr. Deidre Flowers, founder of We Restore, also spoke and expressed her hope that she would be able to have the funds to purchase the building and expand the community services she wants to offer there.

A motion was then made and approved to put up the school for sell, with a required minimum bid of $25,000, and the right to reject all bids. The motion also stated that if the city accepted the bid, the money must be paid to the City of Dora within 30 days.

In other business at Thursday’s council meeting, council members:

• heard the first presentation of a noise ordinance.

“Essentially, it’s trying to reduce the noise that bothers other people,” Stephens explained. “If what you’re doing interferes with your neighbor’s quality of life, we have a means to do something about it.”

The ordinance will be posted in the lobby of Dora City Hall for people who want to read it.

• tabled discussion of enacting a curfew at Dora Municipal Park. Stephens cited multiple instances of the park being vandalized, including two slides being broken, the restrooms being vandalized and the glass door in the women’s restroom being broken, as the need for the curfew.

Councilman Clyde Nix made a motion to close the park every night at 10:30 p.m. and reopen at daylight each morning but the motion died due to lack of a second. The council then voted to table the discussion until the next meeting.

• heard a report from Stephens that he had met with the Drummond Company regarding developing property the company owns at the U.S. Interstate 22 exchange.

“They want to give back to the community. ... They don’t want to do it by themselves. They want to partner with somebody,” he said. “They’re wanting to see Dora take some kind of step forward.”

He added that the company wants to know that the City of Dora will commit to providing the infrastructure — gas, water, sewer and power — if they work with Dora on this project.

Stephens said there are also a couple of “big name clients interested in building down there.” He did not name these companies.