Supes receive counter offer for potential SOCSD building

President of the Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors Orlando Trainer discusses the counter offer of $1.9 million for a property located on Lynn Lane, which would serve as an administrative office for the Starkville-Oktibbeha Consolidated School District during their meeting Monday. (Photo by Logan Kirkland, SDN)
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LOGAN KIRKLAND
Staff Writer

The Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors received a counter offer of $1.9 million for a property located on Lynn Lane, which would serve as an administrative office for the Starkville-Oktibbeha Consolidated School District.

The supervisors approved a proposal of $1.5 million to purchase property for the Starkville-Oktibbeha Consolidated School District with a 3-2 vote during its meeting at the beginning of May.

President of the Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors Orlando Trainer made the motion for the initial bid to purchase the property. District 1 Supervisor John Montgomery and District 4 Supervisor Bricklee Miller voted against the proposed offer.

Trainer said the current appraisal of the property currently sits at over $2 million, and figured if the county could get this property at a lower price, it would be a great outcome for both the county and school district.

Attorney Johnny Moore, representing the property owner, presented the owner’s counter offer of $1.9 million, saying the owner would more than likely not go any lower.

“I would like to get it as cheap as we can,” Trainer said.

Although Moore told the board his client would not go any lower, Trainer said as of right now, the building in question is worth below the appraised value.

“The bottom line of it is, if we can get that final figure down lower than where it is right now, that’s money we could utilize, and make some improvements to the building,” Trainer said.

Trainer said those improvements would be cleaning and other transitional costs for the building.

When asked if the counter offer would deter Trainer from accepting the deal, he said this is a continuing process and will likely make another offer.

“I’m not scared away,” Trainer said. “If there’s two other votes to where we could move forward and get it, I would take that under consideration.”

Trainer said it’s obvious it wouldn’t be a unanimous decision, and expects the vote to be split again when they look to either accept or submit a different offer.

At this point, Trainer said he will continue to attempt to get the figure as low as he can. He said there are plans in place if the deal moves forward and if the deal falls through.

In the end, Trainer said SOCSD wants a facility that’s more functional than its current location.

“Whether we buy this building or something else, I think they’re open to a lot of different ideas and suggestions,” Trainer said. “If we don’t buy the building, the deal isn’t closed.”

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