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SSISD asked to sell Ridgeway property that used to be community center

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Property in Ridgeway that Sulphur Springs Independent School District officials didn’t even know the district owned could soon be sold.

Roger Thompson and his wife signed up to address the SSISD board of trustees during the public forum section of the regular February board meeting Monday night concerning the old Ridgeway Community Center and the 1.928 acres it sits on. SSISD tax official Judy Gregg agreed to voice the couples’ concerns after talking with them.

Gregg noted that the property once belonged to the school district and was used as rural school, which was long ago disbanded. At one time in the distant past, the building and land were given over to serve as the community center.

Due to no formal paperwork for the transaction, however, the property’s ownership has since reverted back to the school district.

The community center was abandoned in recent years and has fallen into a state of disrepair, to the point that all utility service into the building has been pulled for safety reasons. In addition to the dilapidated condition of the building, the vegetation throughout the property is overgrown.

Gregg said it appears the best course of action to clean up the property would require bulldozing, which could be quite expensive.

The community center is “practically in the Thompsons’ back yard,” and Gregg said the couple would like to see something done about it.

The Thompsons also indicated they had an interest in acquiring the property.

“Do you want to buy it?” trustee Clay Johnson asked.

“Yes,” Mr. Thompson said.

“Is the property landlocked, or is there road access?” board secretary Jacquelyn Brice asked.

Gregg said that the property, because is was most recently a community center, does have road access.

Another board member asked if there were any special circumstances which would affect the development and appraisal of the property. Gregg noted at one time that the property had cisterns, which could be a problem, but Thompson said those have been sold off.

Johnson said he didn’t know of a reason the school would need a property in Ridgeway.

Superintendent Patsy Bolton suggested allowing school officials to further research the matter, then to present the property issue again at a future board meeting.

 

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