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Roanoke may soon be looking for another buyer for its empty community center building on Price Street. The building has been for sale for over a year, and in October the city approved a $185,000 offer from Dr. Nipa Parikh, a dentist who has been in practice in Anniston.
But at last Monday’s city council meeting details emerged that made any future finalization of that sale doubtful at best.
The topic came up in a somewhat roundabout way, as the council was hearing a report from maintenance supervisor Keith Richardson about the condition of the city’s boom truck, which had been out of service for repairs.
Council member Tammi Holley, who was serving as mayor pro tem in the absence of mayor Jill Patterson-Hicks, asked if the money from the sale of the community center building could be used to purchase a new boom truck. City clerk Amanda Davis responded, saying that Parikh had not yet signed a contract with the city to purchase the building and had communicated to Davis that estimates on the renovation of the building – which she said would cost somewhere between $800,000 and $1 million – made her reluctant to go through with the transaction.
With the lack of any sort of signed deal with a potential buyer, the city could seek another prospective buyer, a path recommended by council member Kesa Johnston.
Barring a change of heart from Parikh, Roanoke could be back to square one in its effort to unload the building.
Roanoke citizen: District 3 seat ‘should not have gone to the governor’
Roanoke citizen Danita Nolen addressed the council during the public comments phase of last Monday’s meeting and spoke strongly against the council’s inability to agree on an appointment to fill the vacant District 3 council seat.
Nolen spoke directly to the four present members of the council and asked why an appointment could not be made by that body.
“It should not have had to go to the governor,” Nolen said. “This should not have happened.”
The council received six applicants for the position and spoke to each one directly in executive session at a called meeting on November 14. Tommy Burke was nominated for the appointment, but a 3-2 vote against him left the seat empty. That came after Daniel Anglin was nominated at the previous council meeting November 6. Anglin’s nomination did not receive a second and died before going to a vote.
The council held the called meeting on the 14th in order to attempt to address the issue before a Nov. 18 deadline that, if not met, would cause the appointment to be sent to the governor’s office. That is exactly what happened, and the governor has until Dec. 18 to name someone to the seat.
Council member Kesa Johnston responded to Nolen and denied the notion that the council failed to work together simply because they were unable to agree on a replacement.
“We as a council spoke to every single person who was up for that spot and heard what they had to say,” Johnston said. “We all have our own reasons for who we thought it should be. But just because we didn’t agree on that doesn’t mean we didn’t work together to find a solution.”
Each council member submitted a name to the governor’s office to be considered for the appointment.
Last Monday’s meeting also served as a public hearing for the city’s proposed updated zoning map. A representative from the East Alabama Planning Commission was on hand to hear comments and feedback on the map.
Some of the terminology for some of the proposed zones was called into question and those issues were set to be corrected before the map is approved. There was a discrepancy in some of the verbiage for the names of some of the zones, and that verbiage is set to be made uniform across all current versions of the map in order to eliminate those discrepancies.