Joshua Allen of Arden is expected to be approved today (Tuesday) as the upset bid winner of the building at 912 Main Street, being sold by the Town of North Wilkesboro.

A resolution on today’s agenda of the town’s board of commissioners, authorizes selling the building for $65,784.72 to Allen. In a phone conversation Monday, Allen said he will open a barbershop on the bottom floor of the building and live in the top-floor apartment with his wife and children.

Allen made the top bid on May 21, and the upset bidding process ended at 5 p.m. on May 28 after no higher bids were received by the town.

Allen and Gabe Miller of North Wilkesboro engaged in a bidding war over the property from April 15 to May 21, swapping the lead several times. But Miller, in a letter to the Wilkes Journal-Patriot published on May 24, said he lost a great deal of interest in the building after his personal inspections of the building revealed what he called fire damage and other safety concerns within and outside the building.

“New owners of the 912 Main Street property shouldn’t be faced with issues, dangers and liabilities passed on by the town,” wrote Miller.

The agenda of today’s board meeting states that as soon as Allen pays for the building, the town authorizes Town Attorney Gary Vannoy to execute a special warranty deed and convey the property to Allen within 30 days.

The 4,948-square-foot building is listed with a value of $94,830 in county tax records. The town spent $120,000 on purchasing and renovating it to a “shell” state requiring further improvements.

Public hearings today

A public hearing on the town’s draft 2019-20 budget is at 5:30 p.m., which is at the start of the board’s regular monthly meeting. The budget is supposed to be approved before the new fiscal year starts July 1. The proposed budget includes keeping the town’s tax rate unchanged at 52 cents per $100 valuation, uses no money from the town’s undesignated fund balance and includes only limited capital expenditures.

Other public hearings at 5:30 p.m. include changes or additions to town code concerning:

• water and sewer connections outside town limits;

• allowing the board to vote during work sessions on fourth Thursdays regarding issues that have a time-sensitive deadline;

• allowing fire department medical personnel to assist emergency medical services personnel during emergencies; and

• requiring certain types of buildings—including high rises, gated communities and those housing hazardous material, with fire alarm or fire sprinkler systems or with elevators—to purchase a 3200-series Knox Box or Knox Switch for rapid emergency entry into the buildings.

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