BourbonThe pending sale of a parcel of property owned by the Town of Bourbon on Center Street maybe close to being finalized. The town has spent some $24,000 to have the dilapidated house demolished and trees removed.  Council member Larry Wattenberger said there was only one bidder from an auction held in April. The bid was for $20,000 by Steve Duff who had interest in using the lot for a new home that would be built by Marshall County Habitat for Humanity.

There is a grant to fund a Phase 1 soil testing and Wattenberger said they might have to change the deadlines for building on the site that had been tied to the sale if the group moves forward.  He said, “If we get a good report, it’s a done deal.”

In an unusual move, Bill Keyser, Bourbon Zoning/Building, was appointed as Executor of the estate of the Elizabeth Cary property on West Center St. The property and house on the site has been in severe disrepair. Wagner said Keyser will seek approval from the courts for expenditures to renovate as needed.

Triton students Jacob Farley and Hadassah Chupp representing the Community Destination Imagination team appeared before the Bourbon Town Council to ask for financial support for three teams, nine students to participate in the Global Finals in Knoxville, Tennessee from May 22 to May 27. The cost for the travel and other expenses is $800 per person. So far, team members have raised $3,000. The council voted 3-0 to donate $500 . An audience member listening to their request also donated $50.

The town may be seeking the services of a new dispatching group. Bourbon Town Council President Les McFarland said the fees paid last year to Marshall County for dispatching services was $8,300. He said he was told the fee would increase to $18,553 next year.   He suggested the town look for a new dispatching group to dispatch fire, police and EMS calls for Bourbon.

Carol Anders Correspondent