Building Agreement Tentatively Reached

By: Ryan Dearbone
By: Ryan Dearbone

After meeting in a special closed session meeting on Monday, 3 of the 5 City Commissioners voted to approve a municipal order that would pay Booth Fire and Safety $1.75 million dollars for the store's building and other adjoining property.

Commissioners Brian Strow and Mark Alcott were on vacation and not in attendance at the meeting but still sent ahead their preference to approve the municipal order.

The city originally countered the $1.75 million dollar offer made by Booth owner Doug Gorman after he had his business appraised.

But after he denied the city's lower offer, the Commission decided to go with Gorman's original asking price.

"It got down to a point where we really determined that it was not in the city's best interest to bicker or to look at any type of possible action to take the property," says Bowling Green Mayor Elaine Walker.

Mayor Walker says the city wants the company to stay in the downtown area when it relocates.

"We would like for them to stay in the downtown area if not downtown and certainly in the city limits because its important we keep that business and have a good relationship."

Gorman says the deal is tentative, pending the completion of further negotiations with the city.

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