Cumberland County will accept sealed bids for the former Art Circle Library Building on E. First St. after commissioners approved the property as surplus during Monday night's monthly meeting.

The resolution to declare the old library facility as surplus property was delayed last month after after commissioners were confused on what they were declaring concerning the sale and accepting bids for the property.

According to the resolution the county declares the property as surplus and will have Cumberland County Finance Director Nathan Brock advertise the property and improvements at 124 E. First St. for sale by sealed bids over a specific period of time at competitive pricing and terms.

After the sealed bids are opened, the commission will then decide by vote whether or not to sell the property and improvements to the highest bidder. The commission, at that point, could decide to sell the old library, or reject all bids and declare no sale.

The motion to declare the property as surplus and advertise for bids was made by 3rd District Commissioner Lynn Tollett and was supported by 7th District Commissioner Mike Harvel.

All commissioners voted to approve the motion except 1st District Commissioner Jim Inman who voted no.

The time frame to accept bids and advertise for the facility has not yet been set. An advertisement will be run in the Crossville Chronicle in a future date.

At least two governmental office leaders have previously declared an interest in moving their offices into the old Art Circle Library building, but that would require the county keeping the building.

Earlier this year, District Attorney General Randy York told commissioners the old library building would make a great office space for the DA's office and was also considering forming an interdiction unit. The building would serve as a Crossville office to serve the Cumberland County area.

York told commissioners on the Building and Grounds Committee that his office could pay roughly $1,400 per month for the facility.

Administrator of Elections Sharon York told commissioners the election commission would like to move into the library for more room for equipment, voting machines and convenience for the public during early voting.

York suggested the election commission could generate revenue by renting out meeting rooms in the bottom of the library facility and the annex building next door to the library.

In other areas the county commission approved the appointment of Frank Edwards to the Cumberland County Library Board for a term of three years to expire June 30, 2013. The appointment was unanimously approved.

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