Oneonta votes to sell its share of agri-business center

Following a brief executive session, the Oneonta City Council voted to accept a $900,000 offer from the Blount County Commission to purchase the city’s interest in the Blount County-Oneonta Agribusiness Center.

Discussions concerning the agri-business center and its future have been ongoing. The commission had previously authorized chairman Chris Green to propose to the city that the county buy out the city’s half-interest in the agri-business center for $900,000. The commission also authorized the county attorney to proceed with a partition of the property in circuit court if the city did not accept the $900,000 buyout.

In other matters the council:

• approved an amendment to the rotating wrecker service ordinance allowing large, heavy-duty wrecker services in emergency situations.

• amended the police department’s capital request for money to replace 20 duty pistols and holsters through Alien Gear Holsters and Craig’s Firearm Supply.

• agreed to participate in the state’s annual Back to School Sales Tax Holiday, which begins at midnight July 17, and ends at midnight July 19.

Councilman Richard Phillips thanked the Oneonta Police Department, Oneonta Fire Department, and Blount County Sheriff’s Department and congratulated the community on conducting a peaceful demonstration last week.