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Austwell puts items on ‘pause’
by Tim Delaney
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The old Baptist Church and property that was donated to the city of Austwell had one sealed bid at the Austwell City Council's Monday, July 15, special meeting. The bid was rejected because it did not meet the minimum bid requirement of $20,000. The bid submitted was $10,000.
Tim Delaney photo The old Baptist Church and property that was donated to the city of Austwell had one sealed bid at the Austwell City Council's Monday, July 15, special meeting. The bid was rejected because it did not meet the minimum bid requirement of $20,000. The bid submitted was $10,000.
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AUSTWELL – The Austwell City Council rejected a single bid for the old 1912 Baptist Church on Monday, July 15.

The 100-year-old church had ceased holding services in 1996. And in 2012, the building and land were donated to the city.

The single bid submitted was for $10,000, but the council had set the minimum bid at $20,000.

Mayor David Cann after the meeting said the council will discuss the church at its next meeting Aug. 12.

The council also tabled an interlocal agreement with Refugio County for a U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service grant so it could get clarification on some of the grant’s verbiage.

The council had tabled the agreement at its regular meeting on Monday, July 8, for the same reason. The grant will fund the construction of an educational wetland center.

Tommy Bernal, who helped secure the grant, said all the points had been cleared up except the proposition of charging a refundable deposit for the facility.

Bernal said the part of the grant that specified that the center would be open daily was clarified. He said that part of the grant means the center will be available for use.

“The plans all along were to lock up the equipment and have a locker,” he said.

The council agreed to address the agreement at its Aug. 12 meeting.

Also, one individual submitted a desire to fill the vacant seat on the three-member city council.

Becky Denton expressed interest in being appointed to the position.

The council after an executive session “could not come to a consensus,” Cann said. And the decision to appoint has to be unanimous.

A motion was made to continue to look for a third council member. The motion was approved.
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