The City of Jenkins will soon have a new City Hall to go along with new city officials and a new mayor.
The council voted at its January meeting on Monday to buy a building on Main Street as the new site for city offices. In a 4-2 vote, the council authorized Mayor G.C. Kincer to buy the building for $125,000 from Jenkins businessman James F. “Chum” Tackett.
The building, a portion of which is now occupied by the Jenkins Independent Board of Education, formerly served as an office building for the old Beth- Elkhorn Coal Corp. Kincer said the current City Hall is no longer adequate to hold the city’s offices. He said the new location will allow for future expansion as the city grows.
The decision to buy the building, approved by a vote of 4-2, was one of two real estate issues the council discussed in a closed session at the end of the meeting.
The council also decided in a split vote to offer another city-owned building in downtown Jenkins to the Powers Group as a pharmacy annex and home health supply store in a four-year lease. The 1,600-square-foot space is the former location of The Flower House and was offered for a graduated rate beginning at $500 per month and increasing at a rate of $50 in each of four successive years, to total $700 at the end of the period.
The vote to enter the lease was 4-2 with abstentions from Councilmen Terry Braddock and Rick Damron.
Braddock also abstained on the vote to buy the Tackett building for City Hall, and Councilwoman Carol Anne Litts voted no.