Perry buys church property to help park

mstucka@macon.comMarch 4, 2014 

PERRY -- The Rotary Centennial Park in Perry, one of the jewels of the city, is getting about an acre larger.

City Council members voted Tuesday night to buy the Mount Galilee Primitive Baptist Church for $92,162. The church comes with 0.94 acres of land.

City Manager Lee Gilmour said the council has not yet decided what to do with the building. The main thrust was getting a solid block of land for the park, which wraps around both sides and the back of the church’s property. The church is at 108 Martin Luther King Drive, and the county tax assessors say it’s worth $97,100.

“The land itself will be a good addition to the park,” Gilmour said.

The addition of the church property could allow the city to use the building for restrooms or meetings or other purposes. The land also could allow parking to be expanded.

The property was bought in a 5-1 vote of City Council, with Councilman Riley Hunt voting against it. Hunt said he wasn’t against the purchase of the church itself, but he was against borrowing money for the purchase when the city will soon have to hire 18 firefighters to staff a new station on Ga. 127.

In other business, the City Council agreed to several other upgrades that will be paid for from sales-tax proceeds and federal money. A $41,126 project will upgrade sidewalks, storm drains and lighting along a stretch of Macon Road in downtown Perry between Main and Carroll streets. The bigger project will install sidewalks and curb cuts along U.S. 41, Kings Chapel Road and Keith Drive. That project, at $140,025, will bring sidewalk access to the city’s Rozar Park.

Council members separately voided their earlier bid for mowers. Gilmour told council members that staff discovered none of the bids met the specifications the city had set. The city will revise the specifications and seek new bids.

To contact writer Mike Stucka, call 744-4251.

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