City will make offer on second downtown property



Following a 45-minute closed session Tuesday, the City Council voted unanimously to make an offer to purchase the Bell property in downtown Liberty Hill.

The property, which is located at 51 CR 279 (Bagdad Road) and Loop 332, is listed at $170,000.

City Manager Greg Boatright told The Independent after the special meeting Tuesday that the City will make a “comparable” offer on the property.

Boatright said the City is purchasing the property for the purpose of making improvements at that intersection as construction gets under way for water lines that will bring water from Leander to Liberty Hill via Bagdad Road. He said the City will not build a structure on the property.

Earlier this month, the Council voted to purchase another property downtown where the City plans to move some city offices and create additional parking for the downtown area. The City will close on the Holloway property, located on Loop 332, in the coming days.

The three-unit apartment building will be renovated to house some city staff members and possibly a council meeting room, and space for 36 parking spaces. The property is .3344 acres and the building is 2,000 square feet. The list price was $190,000 and the City is purchasing it for $175,000.

Also Tuesday, the Council voted unanimously to hire Tracy Musch as Municipal Court Clerk, a position that will pay an annual full-time salary of $45,000.

Musch comes to Liberty Hill from Johnson City where she has been working as court administrator in that city’s municipal court.

Boatright said the City only received two applications for the position, which was vacated recently with the resignation of longtime city employee Tammy Kirk.

The Council held a public hearing Tuesday on a proposal to annex 21.184 acres that currently houses the Liberty Hill Wastewater Treatment Plant. No one testified at the hearing.