by AnnGardner Eubank
IRVINGTON—The Irvington Town Council on Wednesday, November 18, discussed the potential sale of the former Town Hall at 235 Steamboat Road, Irvington.
Conducting a public hearing on the Irvington Commons, Mayor “Tripp” Bugg invited comments and discussion from the public. Irvington resident George Cooper noted several concerns of his regarding how the council is handling the matter. Cooper said the town office has served as a reflection of the town’s quaint and laid-back style, and that a much larger office space may not be necessary for a town with a population of roughly 500. Cooper also noted the town is rushing into the sale without exploring other alternatives, saying “the considered sale is being rushed into the pursuit of free money.”
Resident Tom Chapman agreed with Cooper, saying he would like to see the council question and discuss other alternatives for the office location, whether that be investing in repairs or seeking another existing building.
Cooper also voiced his concerns with the lack of transparency among the council and its constituents, particularly regarding the sale of the town office building. “The closed meetings associated with this agenda are inappropriate,” Cooper said.
Following the public hearing, Mayor Bugg called for a motion to accept a real estate contract presented by real estate broker Ann Meekins with a listing price of $100,000 for the…
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