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A dilapidated house sits in an overgrown lot on Ada Street in Coalgate. City Council agreed Tuesday to negotiate a purchase price to acquire the property and clear it. (Photo By Randy Mitchell)

By Randy Mitchell

City Editor

COALGATE — Coalgate City Council entered into executive session at Tuesday’s meeting to discuss purchasing property located in the 400 block of S. Ada.

A dilapidated house sits on the lot which is overgrown with tall weeds. City Manager Roger Cosper said the house was once considered for condemnation.

“It is my understanding (the property) was sold in a sheriff’s sale and a bank ended up buying it,” Cosper said. “I believe they sold it then had to repossess it.”

Council agreed to allow Cosper to negotiate the purchase of the property from a bank for an amount not to exceed $5,000. Cosper said if the city purchases the property, it will “clear the lot, get rid of a nuisance in the neighborhood,” and maybe work with Tri-County Indian Nations Community Development Corporation to build a project house there.

Council also agreed to grant occupational licenses — for change of ownership to Jarry and Misty Zinn for J and M Snowcone, located at 7 W. Hanover, and to Ryan Smith of RSGL, LLC, for a Subway restaurant at 902 S. Broadway.

Council agreed to allow a resident in the 500 block of E. California to own chickens but they must be kept in a pen and no roosters are allowed. Cosper said ownership of roosters is not allowed within the city limits.

“The roosters are a problem,” Cosper said. “They don’t know if it’s night or day. With the lights on, it’s always twilight for them and they crow all night.”

In other Coalgate news, construction of a pavilion at Coalgate Cemetery was recently completed.

Financial assistance was granted in January to the Cemetery Board for the 20 feet by 30 feet structure with a hip roof and sitting wall.

Cosper said construction of a new fire department, police station and central dispatch building is in the engineering phase and the city has hired an architect — Ernest Woodward of E C Woodward Architect & Associates in Ada. The building will abut the current city hall.

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