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by Tim Delaney
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 The old Baptist church building constructed in 1912 was donated to the city of Austwell in August 2012. The city plans on accepting sealed bids for the building and property it sits on.
The old Baptist church building constructed in 1912 was donated to the city of Austwell in August 2012. The city plans on accepting sealed bids for the building and property it sits on.
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Austwell Mayor David Cann looks at the remaining pews in the old Baptist Church building that was donated to the city in August 2012. Also, books and hymnals are stacked nearby and are for sale at $2 each.
Austwell Mayor David Cann looks at the remaining pews in the old Baptist Church building that was donated to the city in August 2012. Also, books and hymnals are stacked nearby and are for sale at $2 each.
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AUSTWELL – The Austwell City Council tabled moving forward with the sale of the old Baptist church and the land it sits on at its meeting Monday, April 8.

The church, built in 1912, stopped doing services in 1996. After that, it was used for Vacation Bible School for a time.

The last two members of the church – Leroy and Bobby Spiegel – donated the church and land to the city in August 2012.

Mayor David Cann said most of the furnishings inside and outside the church were auctioned off.

A few pews remain as well as books and 12 to 14 hymnals remain and are for sale.

Cann said plans are to clean up the 100-year-old church building and get it ready to sell.

He said the city will sell the church and land as one package.

“We’ll request sealed bids on it sometime in July,” he said.

Cann added that a minimum bid will be figured, as well.

In other business, the council adjusted the job description of its city secretary, a position that is open currently.

Added to the current description was a requirement of applicants to have a minimum of a high school diploma.

Also added: Applicants must complete online training on the Open Meetings Act and Public Information Act.

Also successful applicant also do general upkeep and cleaning of the city hall in addition to other requirements.

The council also approved a water services contract with Torres Water Services.

Cann said the city had been working with Torres since January without a contract, so it was best to approve the contract.

The contract approval had the stipulation that Torres provides a copy of insurance.

The council also approved a request from Earl Bluhm to waive a sewer tap fee because Bluhm has offered to lay the 300 feet of line and complete the work from his existing tap.

Bluhm is building a pistol range and has decided to install a rest room, the reason he needs a sewer line to his facility.

The council stipulated that along with the waiver, the work would be inspected.

So far, Bluhm said the slab has been poured for the pistol range.

He estimated the range which will initially have three lanes, will be finished in two-and-a-half months.

The indoor range will have enough room to add three more lanes if necessary.
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