2 days left to bid on borough-owned home in Waynesboro

July 19, 2005|by RICHARD F. BELISLE

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Sealed offers on a century-old brick home that the Borough of Waynesboro owns on East Fifth Street will be opened at Wednesday's Borough Council meeting.

Offering the highest bid does not mean the bidder gets the house. The council has put a reserve on the property at 141 E. Fifth St. based on an appraisal of the house and land.

"There's a limit on how low we can go," Borough Manager Lloyd Hamberger said. "The council has the right to reject any bid."


If no bid exceeds the reserve the property goes off the market and the council will decide its next step, probably selling it at public auction, Hamberger said.

"That's the way we've done things in the past," he said.

The council has held several open houses at the property so prospective buyers could walk through and judge the house for themselves. The last one, manned by Hamberger and Council President Charles "Chip" McCammon, was July 10.

Hamberger said about 20 people went through the house that day.

Bids may be submitted until 5 p.m. Wednesday, he said. Each bid requires a 10 percent deposit. They will be opened at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

This is the second time the council advertised for bids on the Fifth Street house.

The first time was in March. At that time, the lot on which the house sits measured 100 feet by 250 feet.

It butted up against the borough's Memorial Park until the council members felt that was not a good idea.

McCammon said a barbecue or picnic on the property could interfere with the borough's solemn Memorial Day services.

The council pulled the house off the market, even though sealed bids had already been submitted, and lopped off about 125 off the depth of the lot to provide a buffer to the park.

The borough has owned the house since the 1960s. It was rented to a local family for more than 30 years.

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