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Reedsville considers lease purchase agreement to buy land

REEDSVILLE — Reedsville Council has found a way to acquire a plot of land in town that is for sale.

A preliminary lease-to-own property agreement will be sent to town attorney Mark Gaydos for approval.

During a special meeting in June, council unanimously voted to purchase the approximately one-quarter to one-half acres of property at 215 S. Robert Stone Way and the parcel next to it towards the S turn.

Council originally sought a loan for the property but could not procure the loan because it would not be paid off by the end of their terms in office.

Mayor Jason Titus said according to the agreement, prepared by Steven N. Royce of Steptoe & Johnson in Morgantown, the town would pay a down payment of $25,000 and $585 per month for three years.

He said the agreement would be renewable yearly. This would allow newly elected council members to decide if they wanted to continue the agreement.

In other business council voted unanimously to purchase an excavator. The machine will be used for street repair and cleaning ditches.

Council members are also researching prices on a roller and a catch broom.

In other news, town workers have taken over the Park Street project.

At its last meeting council voted to cancel its contract with Parrotta Paving which was selected by bid to do the job.

In February, Titus had signed a bid acceptance sheet with Parrotta to include asphalt milling base for the street. He said when the paperwork was submitted to Parrotta he was told work would begin on the project “as soon as temperatures allow.”

Titus said when he contacted Parrotta about the project he was told it hadn’t started because rain had backed up jobs.

The next meeting of Reedsville Council will be 6:30 p.m. Aug. 25.

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