THIS PROPERTY on Bunn Lane (left side of the road) is slated to become a manned county dumpster site to serve Whigham and the surrounding area. The county commission on Tuesday approved the purchase of the 1.37 acre lot from Knight Forestry, Inc. for $10,000.
After many months of attempting to locate a suitable piece of property in or near Whigham for a manned dumpster site, the Grady County Commission appears to have been successful in identifying a small tract west of Whigham and has authorized the purchase of the land from a Grady County business.
The board took action Tuesday morning authorizing the purchase of a 1.37 acre lot located on Bunn Lane which is owned by Knight Forestry, Inc. The local business has agreed to sell the property to the county for a purchase price of $10,000.
Grady County administrator J.C. (Buddy) Johnson III, described the transaction as a “really big deal” for the county. He said that the Bunn Lane location was more centrally located and would be a more convenient location for residents of the Whigham area to dispose of their garbage. The county had discussed constructing a manned site off of State Park Road, which several commissioners described as less than desirable since the road is the main entrance to Tired Creek Lake.
Bunn Lane is located off of Whigham/Attapulgus Road and just a short distance from U.S. Hwy. 84.
“All that is left for (county attorney) Gabe (Ridley) to do is a title check and then close on the property,” Johnson said.
At 1.37 acres, the tract is smaller than the two acre tract the county had sought, but according to the administrator, road superintendent and solid waste director Stanley Elkins says the lot will be large enough for what the county needs.
County officials said they hope to have the new site up and running by December and once it is operational and staffed, the county will close down the remaining outlying dumpster sites.
“We want to thank the Knights for stepping up and helping us out,” Johnson said.
Commissioner June Knight, who is related by marriage to the sellers, abstained from the vote, which passed 4-0.
According to the county administrator, county attorney Ridley anticipates closing on the purchase on or before Nov. 2, 2020.
Public records show that the property was purchased by Knight Forestry in October 2015 from Alice Louise McRae for the purchase price of $7,000. The property’s current value, according to the Board of Assessors, is $6,567.
Administrator Johnson said that the Knights likely could have sold the property at a higher price to another buyer, but he said the family was interested in helping the county in its effort to eliminate all unmanned dumpster sites and to clean up the community.