George "Killa" Miller
The sale of Fire Station #9 to Mahlon P. Maxey, Vice President of Maxey Seat Cover Center Inc. went smoothly at Monday’s 7:00 pm council meeting.
With council member Anita Price absent the Mayor and five council members voted unanimously to approve the sale. The fire station #9 located at 514 24th St., NW, adjacent to Maxey’s business is assessed at $308,900 with its use as a fire station. Maxey’s offer of $100,000 was accepted.
The recommendation by city manager Chris Morrill was to sell fire station #5 located at 215 12th Street, NW to Rebuilding Together- Roanoke, Inc., (RTR) for $12,768. RTR assists elderly and disabled homeowners in maintaining their residences.
There were two other offerers who pleaded their case for the building Monday.
Roanoke county resident Jamey Brads a 1st lieutenant for fire station #5 asked council to consider his offer for the property. Besides using for fire station for fire department memorabilia Brads wants to add his certified fire gear repair and cleaning service to the proposal. He upped his offer to $25,000. “I saw no better place to do it than an old fire station and continue to serve the men that served [fire station #5] for so long,” concluded Brads.
Speaking for the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity was Coach George “Killa” Miller. “For more than 75 years the fraternity has assisted Roanoke citizens,” explained Miller. The fraternity plans to initiate a ten-block drug educational program using fire station #5.
Mayor Bowers recused himself, which led to the lack of six council members to affirm the successful offerer. The award was set aside until the June 21 council meeting when all council members would be present.
City attorney Bill Hackworth in response to Councilman Dave Trinkle explained that award of the fire station was a policy decision by council and not a bidding process. They could “continue to study the matter until [council] votes on it,” said Hackworth.
Posted By Valerie Garner
Categories: Politics, Roanoke City Politics