Grantville has purchased 3.26 acres of property for a fraction of its worth for easier access to the city’s Meriwether Water Treatment Pond.
The property – located 117 Meriwether St. – has a current value of $31,288, according to the Coweta County Tax Assessor's website and was purchased by city for a total of $4,382.12.
Fifteen hundred dollars went to the Alberta Thomas Edmondson estate; $824 to Wood, Odom & Edge, P.A., the settlement agent; and, $2,058.12 to the Coweta County Tax Commissioner, for back taxes.
City Manager Al Grieshaber said the city was initially ready to attempt to purchase the property via a tax deed at the tax sale on May 1, but decided to wait to give Councilwoman Ruby Hines a chance to contact the owners.
Owner Alberta T. Edmondson was deceased and the property belonged to her estate, which was not interested in the property.
“Because of that, there were delinquent taxes due on the property in the amount of $1,780.25 for 2014-2017 tax years,” Grieshaber said. “We were able to contact – aided by Councilmember Hines – the executrix of the estate to negotiate the purchase of the property. While a tax deed has a one-year right of redemption, the purchase of the property allows the city to have immediate access to the property with good title to it.”
Grieshaber said the property benefits the city as another avenue entrance and access to the wastewater treatment pond and a future linear park site on the east side of Highway 29/State Route 14.