Shenandoah County supervisors to hold second public hearing on sale of Mount Jackson property
WOODSTOCK, Va. (WHSV) — The Shenandoah County Board of Supervisors is scheduled to meet Tuesday night. During the meeting, council will hold a second public hearing into the potential sale of Mount Jackson property that is upsetting some people in the county.
At the first public hearing on June 14, several county residents expressed concerns about the proposed sale of county property along the 300 block of Tisinger Road in Mount Jackson, just off Interstate 81.
The property was donated to the county by the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office in 2018 and contains two buildings that have primarily been used for storage.
A local buyer has made an offer to buy the property for $605,000, but some believe the county should market the property to try and get a better deal.
“We know what the plan for the offer that has arrived is for. It’s a growing company looking to expand, this facility works for what it’s trying to do. It’s a local business, it would be nice to support our local businesses,” said Karl Roulston, chairman of the Shenandoah County Board of Supervisors.
Shenandoah County residents told WHSV that the buyer is Nancy Barnett, treasurer of the county’s Republican Party and president of Industrial Maintenance Solutions Inc.
The board said no decision had been made and feedback gathered on Tuesday evening would play a significant role in how this plays out.
“The first step is it acceptable to sell the property? Is stage two good enough or do we think we could get more? That’s going to decide if we go to auction, sealed bid, or whatever,” Roulston said.
Roulston said that from what he’s heard, the public doesn’t seem to have a problem with the county selling the property, but want to make sure the profit the county makes from the sale is maximized.
After Tuesday’s public hearing, council will have a number of different options on how to proceed.
“We don’t have to accept this offer. We could go to an auction, we could have a sealed auction, we could potentially hand it over to IDA (Industrial Development Authority) and let them look after the property,” Roulston said.
The council could also market the property to see if any offers come in, but Roulston said so far there doesn’t appear to be much interest from other potential buyers.
“Honestly, we haven’t heard anything and we can’t pretend it’s a secret now, it’s been covered up, we’ve had a public hearing, and yet no other offers have been made for this building,” did he declare.
The Shenandoah County Board of Supervisors meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the council chambers of the County Government Center in Woodstock.
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