Knox City Council Receives One Appraisal on Dean Wells’ Property; State Requires Two

Knox City Council (L to R) Linda Berndt, Jeff Berg, Ron Parker, Clerk-Treasurer Jeff Houston, Mayor Rick Chambers, Attorney David Matsey, Ed Blue and Greg Matt

Knox Mayor Rick Chambers told the Knox City Council this week that the first appraisal on the Dean Wells property across from City Hall has been received.

“It was appraised at $110,000 and where do you want to go from here?” Mayor Chambers asked the Council. “We need two appraisals, that’s required by the State. We can offer the average of the two. I have another appraiser lined up, so if we want to continue with this, we need a motion to obtain a second appraisal.”

Upon a motion from Greg Matt and seconded by Jeff Berg, the Council members voted unanimously to have the Mayor seek a second appraisal.

Mr. Wells’ property includes the building and parking lot. Mr. Wells offered to sell the property to the City for $125,000. If purchased, the City Council has discussed the possibility of using the property for storage and eventually the police department would be moved into the building.