Now that the city of Leavenworth is purchasing the former Nights Inn, city officials are looking to sell items that are still inside the old hotel building before it's torn down.
City commissioners voted this week to sell the items to one bidder rather than trying to auction them off piece by piece.
The city is in the process of purchasing the old hotel property located at 101 S. Third St. from a bank in Tennessee for $592,500. City Manager Scott Miller has suggested the property could be developed for a new hotel building.
The sale of the property won't close until next month. But city officials already have an inventory of items still in the building including televisions, blankets, towels and refrigerators.
The current owner does not plan to remove the items from the building before it's turned over to the city.
"Once we close, we want to get all of that out of there," Miller told commissioners Tuesday.
He said the city government may use some of the items for its own purposes such as moving an ice machine to a fire station or keeping chairs and tables.
City Clerk Karen Logan told commissioners Tuesday that there are a couple of ways the city can sell the surplus property at the old hotel. She said one way would be to move large items to the front of the hotel and auction them. Then items could be auctioned room by room.
"It could take a lot to do that," Logan said.
Commissioners chose the other option of sending requests for proposals for bids for the entire inventory of items that will be put up for sale. Logan suggested an auction house could purchase all of the items and then sell them individually.
Logan said she plans to advertise the sale, and anyone will be able to bid on the items as a whole.
The city clerk said she also plans to set up an optional walk-through of the building for people who may want to bid on the items.
The winning bidder will be allowed 15 days to remove the property from the building.
Also Tuesday, city commissioners approved a resolution to sell temporary notes in the amount of $840,000. Miller said the issuance of the notes will be used to purchase the old hotel as well as pay for its demolition and other expenses.
Commissioners also had first consideration of a home rule ordinance related to the acquisition and demolition of the old hotel.