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Council eyes land purchase

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The LaFayette City Council met for a special called meeting Monday afternoon to discuss the purchase of a plot of land that could be used for the expansion of the city cemetery and for city recreation in the future.

The council is seeking to purchase 51.368 acres of land located behind the LaFayette City Cemetery from owners Todd and Shelia Fuller. A resolution was unanimously approved at the meeting authorizing the mayor to execute the purchase of the land for a cost of $105,000.

The resolution states that the property is suitable for several public uses including a park, city recreation and additional cemetery space.

It was noted at the meeting that the city has been working with the Auburn University School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture on a study of the possible uses of the property.

Councilman Terry Mangram, who has spearheaded the effort to purchase the land, said that the purchase was a positive step for the city and he thanked his fellow council members for their support. “I think it’s very vital to the city and will help the citizens by giving them a place to go and to have a nice place to entertain,” he said. Councilman David Ennis, in turn, thanked Mangram for his effort in pushing the purchase forward.

The resolution stipulates that a title search be completed on the property and that the seller is to pay closing costs, with the exception of buyers’ attorney fees, title insurance, recording and cost of financing. It also authorizes City Clerk Louis T. Davidson to explore financing options for the purchase. Those options are to be presented at the next scheduled council meeting on Dec. 23.

The council also approved a motion to allow the mayor to authorize the payment of earnest money for the purchase.

In other business, Ennis brought up a discussion that was held at the previous council meeting about financial cuts and the city budget and some comments that may have been taken out of context. At that meeting, Councilman Mike Ellis had mentioned possible savings that could come from reduced fuel usage by city employees and how they could be incorporated into the budget. Ennis said he was in agreement with Ellis on the potential savings. He said there was no disagreement about what needed to be done, but rather they could be looked at separately from the context of the budget. “All those things need to be taken into consideration,” Ennis said.

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