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Page 2A iRepOrter Mai'ch 6, 2019 Workers rehabilitate the old city hall annex, which the city venue rather than selling it. (Photo/Diane Glidewell) now plans to make an event By Diane Glidewell news@mymcr.nef Forsyth city council unanimously voted not to sell the old city hall an- nex on the square after a 34-minute dosed door session to discuss land transactions, with econom- ic developmenffMain Street director Tammie Pierson and local artist Denise Buff included in the discussions that were dosed to the " general public The motion by council member Julius Stroud was to discontinue plans to sell the annex and to instead have Forsyth Main Street manage the annex as an event center. Council previ- ously deeded the adjacent old city hall building, at the corner of Jackson and Johnston Streets, to Forsyth Downtown Development Authority so that DDA could renovate the exterior of the building to sell or lease to Scoops, Inc. for an ice cream store. Scoops is renovating the interior of the building, and the new business is projected to open in April. The city has done exten- sive work to separate the electrical, water and sewer service that was i rovided to the two buildings jointly The city has also b en working on the exterior of both buildings. When it began removing stucco, it found there was not an exterior brick wall under: the stucco as expected. Instead there was only rot- ting wood in front of what had once been glass store fronts. At that point the cit leaned toward restoring the glass store front for the annex building as the most efficient option. Buff, who operates a studio on Johnston Street, coordinated a local artists' market in the old city hall annex in December She has volunteered to help the city with other art-related events over the last year, such as an art walk last fall and a mural on the outside ofa restroom building at Country Club Park. Monroe County auc- house steps on Tuesday, tioned off 16 parcels with March 5. unpaid taxes, collecting The properties only owed $200,529.26 on the court- $27,808.58 in taxes, said tax commissioner Lori Andrews, but for the first time the auction brought bidders from around the south, sending bids up- ward. Andrews had origi- nally advertised 94 parcels trying to collect more than $212,881 in unpaid taxes, but most of them paid up before Tuesday's tax sale. The remaining 16 parcels drew a crowd of about 50 interested bidders to the courthouse square on a cold, Tuesday morning. Andrews said it was the first time she's had.bidders come from surrouiading states like Florida and Ala- barna, a'tribute to the local real estate market. Bidding opens at the amount of taxes owed on the property. Buyers must bring certified funds or cash to buy the delinquent ' properties, and pay a $1-2 recording fee. Under the law, buyers aren't able to touch the property for 366 days after the auction, giv- Owned by Jason Dorsey of Forsyth People gather on the square to bid at Tuesday's tax sale. (Photo/Don Daniel) ing the property owner a buyer paid, said Andrews. remaining properties year to re-claim it. How- Andrews has said she didn't receive bids but she ever, to reclaim the prop- doesn't act on properties returned to the courthouse erty, the original property, unless they're delinquent steps at 3 p.m. and the final owner would have to pay for more than one year. two parcels sold,as well. 120 percent of what the Initially, two of the 16 By Richard Dumas loss of $153,000. Other non-operating revenue Came from rural health tax credit donations to MCH through the Georgia Heart Program. Ware said MCH- has thus far received. about $90,000 out of about $400,000 pledged through the Heart Program at the beginning of 2019. In a positive financial note, Ware said MCH's gross revenue of $1.8 mil- , lion for January was its bestsingle-month total Monroe County Hos- pital achieved an overall financial gain of $25,000 for the month Of January, chief financial officer Judy Ware reported on Tuesday, Feb. 26 However, Ware said without non-operating revenues, including Monroe County's con- tribution, the hospital posted a January operating during the 2019 fiscal year, which began in October 2018. Ware said MCH had an average daily patient census of 11.6 in January with 747 emergency room visitors. In other news: Ware revealed on Feb. 26 that MCH has not yet paid Navicent its $450,000 monthly management ser- vices fee for any of the first four months of the 2019 fiscal year. MCH CEO " Lorraine Smith said the agreement is scheduled to rise to $500,000 per month soon and Smithwas trying to re-negotiate the terms of the contract to keep it at $450,000 per month. 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