GODLEY — The City Council on Thursday rejected two bids for a house, a barn and 4 acres of land owned by the city on Texas 171.

The low bid was $75,000, the high bid $181,000. Mayor Larry Richeson said the land the house and barn sit on is worth more than the high bid. He said the city staff will advertise the property again in early 2006.

The council voted unanimously to pay a $4,000 fee to the Johnson County Economic Development Commission. The commission asked the council during budget hearings in August to increase the fee to $5,000 to cover increased expenses and improvements.

In November, Councilman David Wallis said he had concerns whether the city could be represented adequately with all the other cities in Johnson County. Wallis said $5,000 was a substantial amount of money that could go to the cities on the eastern side of the county. He said Godley needed to focus on development of the city’s infrastructure rather than create incentives for companies to locate in an area.

At the time, commission Executive Director Diana Miller said her job was to help bring development to the entire county.

Richeson said Thursday night he believed the city would be the “laughing stock of the county” if Godley didn’t participate.

Councilman Clayton Smith said he didn’t mind being considered the laughing stock; he was concerned with the city losing an opportunity for new business.

Wallis again said he worried that more effort was being spent in the eastern part of the county.

Councilwoman Rosemary Fuller suggested that the city pay the $4,000 in installments and in six months evaluate whether the commission was doing anything for Godley. The council approved the suggestion.

In other action, the council:

• Tabled for a workshop action on a comprehensive plan for the city.

• Approved a plat for a veterinary clinic and the final plat for a David’s Supermarket.

• Tabled action to use a global positioning system to map the city’s water and sewer lines.

• Tabled action on an ordinance to change fees for signs and rezoning applications.

• Approved an extension until mid-2006 for a temporary building at Deb’s Place.

• Tabled for a workshop action on revising the city’s animal control ordinance.

• Tabled for a workshop action on issuing permits for temporary or portable vendors.

The next council meeting is set for 6 p.m. Jan. 12.

Rob Fraser can be reached at 817-645-2441, ext. 2336, or rfraser@trcle.com

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