The City Council during its Oct. 2 meeting quietly approved spending $215,000 to buy a piece of property.

City officials discussed buying the property in an executive session, a legal closed-door meeting, before the City Council voted to approve the purchase. The purchase was not listed on the City Council agenda distributed before the meeting. The agenda said the City Council would enter into an executive session to discuss a real estate matter.

The council voted publicly to buy the property after it reconvened from the executive session. When the council reconvened, most of the people attending the meeting had gone home. There was light turn out for the Oct. 2 meeting.

The City Council did not have a discussion about it before or after the vote.

The city did not provide details about the purchase such as where the property is located or how big it is.

Under the state Open Meetings Law, governing bodies can discuss the purchase and sale of real estate in executive sessions.

City Manager John McDonough said the details would be released once the contract is finalized, within 90 days. He said disclosing more information about the property would put the city – and taxpayers – at a disadvantage. A private buyer could make an offer on the property and increase the costs to the city, he said.

Dan Whisenhunt

Dan Whisenhunt wrote for Reporter Newspapers from 2011 - 2014. He is the founder and editor of Decaturish.com