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It took 4 years for town to get paid, close on sale

PULASKI — The Town of Pulaski has discovered nearly 25,000 good reasons to follow up on actions taken at its town council meetings.
Although council decided during the summer of 2003 to sell the former Edmonds Building to Bill Warden, it was four years later before the town got paid and completed the closing, Town Manager John Hawley confirmed.
Warden purchased the building from the town for $25,000, but he only paid a down payment of around $2,500 at the time of purchase, Hawley said.
“I don’t know why it didn’t get done,” he said of the fact the town had overlooked the lack of payment and the closing for so long.
According to Town Finance Director Sherry Boyd, the final payment for the property was received from Warden this past July 20.
Hawley said he doesn’t recall how the issue came to light.
“I don’t know if the mayor pointed it out to me or how we discovered it,” the town manager added.
Regardless how it was discovered, Hawley said the closing, and subsequent payment, should have taken place right after the sale.
“For whatever reason, it didn’t get done,” he said.
Asked whether he thinks there could be other instances where the town hasn’t collected money for property it sold, he responded, “I would hope not.”
He noted the town does land sales so rarely he can’t imagine there being anything else that’s uncollected.
To prevent such things from happening again, Hawley said he has implemented a new system whereby a list of actions that need to be taken is created following each council meeting. He said he then assigns the appropriate town employee to each task. After a few weeks, he reviews the list to make sure nothing got overlooked.
The lists are kept in a notebook.
“It was a mistake that it got overlooked,” Hawley said of the incident involving the Edmonds Building payment.
Asked who should have been responsible for seeing that the payment got made and the property closing was completed, Hawley said he would take the blame.
“It’s the town manager’s job to make sure everything gets done,” Hawley said, adding that he wouldn’t put the blame on any other town employee.

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It took 4 years for town to get paid, close on sale

PULASKI — The Town of Pulaski has discovered nearly 25,000 good reasons to follow up on actions taken at its town council meetings.
Although council decided during the summer of 2003 to sell the former Edmonds Building to Bill Warden, it was four years later before the town got paid and completed the closing, Town Manager John Hawley confirmed.
Warden purchased the building from the town for $25,000, but he only paid a down payment of around $2,500 at the time of purchase, Hawley said.
“I don’t know why it didn’t get done,” he said of the fact the town had overlooked the lack of payment and the closing for so long.
According to Town Finance Director Sherry Boyd, the final payment for the property was received from Warden this past July 20.
Hawley said he doesn’t recall how the issue came to light.
“I don’t know if the mayor pointed it out to me or how we discovered it,” the town manager added.
Regardless how it was discovered, Hawley said the closing, and subsequent payment, should have taken place right after the sale.
“For whatever reason, it didn’t get done,” he said.
Asked whether he thinks there could be other instances where the town hasn’t collected money for property it sold, he responded, “I would hope not.”
He noted the town does land sales so rarely he can’t imagine there being anything else that’s uncollected.
To prevent such things from happening again, Hawley said he has implemented a new system whereby a list of actions that need to be taken is created following each council meeting. He said he then assigns the appropriate town employee to each task. After a few weeks, he reviews the list to make sure nothing got overlooked.
The lists are kept in a notebook.
“It was a mistake that it got overlooked,” Hawley said of the incident involving the Edmonds Building payment.
Asked who should have been responsible for seeing that the payment got made and the property closing was completed, Hawley said he would take the blame.
“It’s the town manager’s job to make sure everything gets done,” Hawley said, adding that he wouldn’t put the blame on any other town employee.

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