April 15, 2004
Council Approves Sale Of Property To Allow Memphis Business To Expand
Faced with the choice of losing a growing local business or finding new ground for the future site of a second water tower, The Memphis City Council chose the latter. The Board of Aldermen voted 4-0 on April 8 to offer for sale the city’s property located just south of Shelly B’s grill to Longhorn Conversions, a trailer manufacturer.
The council had previously been approached by the company’s owners about the availability of the ground but had not made a decision prior to the April meeting.
Alderman Lucas Remley raised the question, pointing out that the city could not afford to lose the manufacturer, which faced the possibility of leaving town if suitable ground was not found to further expand the facility.
“We need to make a decision on that property because they need to know one way or the other,” Remley told the rest of the council.
Alderman Ron Gardner pointed out that the company does have several employees and does make significant contributions to the local economy with the purchase of materials and services for the manufacturing of the trailers.
Mayor Ron Alexander noted that the company was currently building an addition onto the existing site and had hired another employee.
Faced with the fact that any type of building on the property likely would not leave enough room for the proposed water tower, the council voted 4-0 to offer the entire piece of property for sale to the Emel’s contingent upon its use to expand the business.
“There is plenty of other ground available in that general vicinity for us to use for a water tower, a project that is still several years away,” Alexander said.