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Ashland City officials voted 4-3 to bid on a residential property — slated for the auction block — next to the site where the new town hall is set to be built.

Officials said more parking spaces or some other expansion of the forthcoming municipal complex would be possible if the town buys the land at 104 Batson St.

The new town hall, budgeted at $5 million, is slated for 405 N. Main St., residential property already purchased by the town.

Batson Street intersects North Main. The half-acre Batson Street land to be sold borders the north side of the three-acre town hall site.

The Batson Street property, which has a house and mobile home on it, is due to be sold at a court-ordered auction, town attorney Jennifer Noe told the mayor and council at their July meeting.

She estimated the value at $130,000 to $150,000 and asked if town officials wanted to make a bid on it.

Mayor Steve Allen and three council members voted to authorize a bid up to $150,000. Vice Mayor Daniel Anderson along with council members Tim Adkins and Chris Kerrigan dissented.

Information about the auction wasn’t available from Noe or the Cheatham County Court of Chancery.

In another split vote on land use, the council denied a rezoning request for 16 acres in the 1800 block of Highway 12 South.

Jason Walker was seeking to rezone the land from residential to industrial in order to build a maintenance shop for his trucking and excavating company.

Residents in the area of Allenwood Road and Riverview Lane objected.

Walker said the planned use wouldn’t be too noisy, but the council voted 5-2 against the rezoning. Anderson and Kerrigan dissented.

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