Editor's note: The headline of this article has been corrected to reflect the proper city.
VAN ALSTYNE — Van Alstyne City Council members met in two consecutive five-minute specially-called meetings Thursday evening at City Hall, with one item on each agenda.
All City Council members were present and Mayor Pro Tem Teddie Ann Salmon led the meetings, which were also attended by two residents. The first meeting was to approve Salmon as the designated representative to sign the real estate contract on the purchase of property adjacent to the downtown Public Works facility. The motion, which was approved by four of the council members with Brad Clough abstaining, gives the purchase price as $165,000. The motion also allows for an extension on the closing deadline “if needed.”
A previous Freedom of Information Act request submitted to City Hall was returned Tuesday. The request was to look at any documentation regarding property appraisals and environmental studies made on this property. The response was “A diligent search of the City's records failed to locate any records responsive to your request.”
The second meeting saw the council approve the minutes of the first meeting that City Clerk Jennifer Gould typed up immediately. The vote was unanimous. Council member Lee Thomas said the whole process was simply to take care of housekeeping, made necessary by the recent resignation of the city's mayor.