NEWBERRY — Newberry City Council unanimously passed second and final reading of an ordinance to sell commercial real estate owned by the City of Newberry.
The purchase price will be $100, which is symbolic in nature, said Mayor Foster Senn. KCB Group will have a 30-day property inspection period.
The purchasers agree to invest not less than $100,000 per year over a period of five years for a total minimum investment of $500,000. Expenditures must also be verifiable annually. The closing of the property must take place within 60 days after the inspection period expires, which would be during February.
Senn said Bob Shirey with the KCB Group has plans to restore the previous Delamaters and Jezzabelle’s properties. First reading was passed at the December council meeting.
In other business, City Manager Al Harvey told council members there was nothing to report financially.
“Everything looks good,” Harvey said during Tuesday’s meeting. “The finance director has assured me we are in good standing.”
In other business, Harvey and Senn recognized three employees for the City of Newberry. Patrolman Jason Bundrick was recognized for his five years of service with the city. Bundrick began working for the city on Dec. 1, 2008.
Joe Kitchen was recognized for 10 years of service, which began Dec. 1, 2003. Kitchen is a Maintenance Worker for the City of Newberry.
City Clerk/Human Resource Director Tina Wicker was recognized for 35 years of service. Wicker went to work for the city on Dec. 9, 1978.
Council also approved the recommended calendar for the fiscal year 2014-2015 budget process. Council will begin reviewing the budget on May 6 following the May council meeting, then continue May 7 and May 8 with budget work sessions beginning at 6 p.m.
Senn said council members will receive a draft copy of the budget on April 18. Council will conduct the first reading and public hearing of the budget ordinance during the June 10 meeting. The second reading will occur at a special meeting June 17.
Several monthly council meeting dates were changed to better suit the councilmembers’ schedules.
City Council will meet March 18, instead of March 11 and the meeting originally scheduled for July 8 has been moved to July 1, while the Sept. 9 meeting has been changed to Sept. 2.
The next meeting of city council is Feb. 11 at 7 p.m.
Elyssa Parnell can be reached at 803-276-0625, ext. 108 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.