LaFollette officials to borrow $300k for old post office purchase, other city-wide projects

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By Dwane Wilder

LAFOLLETTE—City council will borrow $300,000 for several projects, including the purchase of the old LaFollette Post Office.

Also earmarked is a project to pave four streets, replenish the funds of the public works department, repair of ceiling tiles at city hall and a new skate park.

The big-ticket item is the old post office building on South Tennessee Avenue, which the city is buying for $150,000 from Jacksboro developer Steve Grimm. However, a plan to move the city’s E-911 command center there has hit a snag. Fire Chief Gary Byrd said it would cost approximately $200,000 to move the generators and other equipment from city hall to the old post office.

Council members believe that, even though it may not be suitable for the E-911 center, the building was too good of a deal to pass up. Leasing out the building is among the potential options discussed by the council.

“You can’t build that building for $150,000. My recommendation is to go ahead and purchase it,” said Mayor Mike Stanfield.

The old post office has 5,000 square feet of space on the main level in addition to a full basement and upstairs area.

Grimm’s daughter, Stephanie, is a member of the LaFollette City Council. She declined to vote on the motion, citing a conflict of interest.