County agrees to purchase building for 911 and Sheriff, from County attorney
by Alan Reed
Jul 26, 2006 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
H.B. Quinn discusses selling his building to the County as sheriff Randy Clark, Ruthann Mitchell and 911 Director Kim Wiggins look on.
H.B. Quinn discusses selling his building to the County as sheriff Randy Clark, Ruthann Mitchell and 911 Director Kim Wiggins look on.
The Trigg County Fiscal Court has selected a location for the 911 dispatch and Sheriff’s Office, but some controversy surrounds the purchase. The Terrell Building, at 31 Jefferson Street, selected by the fiscal court for purchase, is owned by County Attorney H.B. Quinn. The court moved to take action at their July 18 session.

Quinn submitted the only bid to sell property to the county and asked $80,000 for the building. Quinn said that he purchased the building for $60,000.

The Trigg County Property Value Assessor’s Office confirmed the sale price, and said that the property was purchased by Quinn on February 3, 2006. The Office of Deed Registration lists Quinn as the sole owner of the property.

County Judge Executive Berlin Moore told the court that he had been expecting a second bid, but only received one. He asked the County Attorney to read the bid, but Quinn excused himself from the table and the discussion, taking a seat with the public to discuss his bid.

“I understand this being difficult to you as the county attorney and wanting this to be aboveboard,” Moore said.

Magistrate Kevin Stroud asked 911 Operations Director Kim Wiggins if she had toured the building and believed it to be adequate for her department’s needs. She affirmed that it would.

Originally Quinn had been tasked with composing the bid request published in The Cadiz Record. Asked if he authored a bid resulting in the purchase of his own building, he replied no. “I got to thinking about it the next day, and decided that it would not be right since I was offering my building. I had the County Judge do it instead. That would not pass the smell test.”

Magistrate Donnie Tyler inquired of Wiggins if the Terrell Building could accommodate the Sheriff’s Office, 911 and the privately-run non-profit Helping Hands Food Bank.

“The way the building is set up, it is not feasible. There isn’t enough room for Helping Hands,” Wiggins said.

Moore added, “Helping Hands is a private organization that I believe is affiliated with the Catholic Church. I am not sure if we can help or legally buy them a building, but I will do what I can for them. They do great work for our community and help us by helping the needy.”

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