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City trades surplus items for real estate

The City of Greenville has negotiated a deal to trade surplus property for nearly an acre of land behind the Butler County Animal Shelter.

The City will swap 19 items, ranging from vehicles to pitching machines, that were declared as surplus in exchange for four lots in the Lee Long Heights Subdivision No. 2, which were owned by Don Boutwell.

“I think this is a great opportunity,” Mayor Dexter McLendon said.

“By getting this property we open the door to possibly expand the Animal Shelter or possibly use the lot for parking if we need it for (Day Memorial Park).”

City Clerk Sue Arnold said the various city departments had determined that the items were no longer useable.

“These were things that we had used up, and he was willing to accept them as payment for the real estate,” Arnold said.

When purchased, the 19 items carried a value of $382,638, but Arnold said they “were worn out.”

“I think this is a great deal,” she said.

The exchange of property will be a mutual exchange with no money being paid by the City or Boutwell, according to a resolution passed by the Greenville City Council Monday night.