|Published: 9:55 AM, 10/07/2013
||Last updated: 9:56 AM, 10/07/2013
Author: Jessica Cross
Source: The Monroe County Advocate
If they play their bidding right, a new
company may be on its way to Tellico Plains.
MoHawk Canoes, a company that
manufactures and sells canoes and accessories, has approached the
town with the interest of leasing the Colonial Building across from
the Tellico Plains Community. The City Council has the option to not
renew the lease every November.
"We can look at opening it up for
bids with the current leaser having the option to counter the offer," Mayor Patrick Hawkins told the board during its monthly meeting on
Hawkins said MoHawk Canoes was a very "creditable company."
"I think we would be negligent if we
didn't at least talk to them, especially if it were to produce some
additional jobs here," he said.
Right now, the person leasing the
Colonial Building uses it for storage and to make rustic furniture.
"I'd like to see jobs in there," said Alderman Kenneth Davis.
Hawkins said MoHawk's first offer was
to buy the entire building, but that wasn't an option the board was
"MoHawk's has made interest that they
would make a competitive bid to lease the building," said Hawkins.
In an unanimous decision, the City
Council agreed to not renew the current lease agreement, opening the
building's lease up for bids with a minimum of $1,500 monthly. The
person currently leasing the building will have the opportunity to
bid, as well.
See more from the Tellico City Council meeting in the Sunday, Oct. 6, edition of The Advocate & Democrat.
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