Harlan County Fiscal Court discussed the fate of Benham Schoolhouse Inn during a special-called meeting on Thursday, opting to extend the deadline to submit a proposal to run and lease the facility.
Harlan County Judge-Executive Dan Mosley brought the subject up to the court.
“We did not receive any proposals for the lease and operation of the Benham Schoolhouse Inn at the last meeting,” Mosley said. “Since there have been no proposals, we have had several phone calls by new interested parties that state they were unaware of the time window…they’ve expressed an interest in submitting a proposal.”
Mosley said it is possible to extend the deadline in order to give more time to receive proposals.
“I think it’s a good idea,” Magistrate David Kennedy said. “We need to look at all proposals, and every option that we have.”
Mosley said a cost analysis for running the Benham Inn is still underway.
“It’s been very well documented that…personnel has been the biggest expense associated with the Inn,” Mosley said. “We’re still in the process of analyzing those (costs), and I think if we do open the floor back for proposals that buys us some time.”
Mosley asked if the court was comfortable with allowing proposals until the next court meeting on May 17.
“Even with these new proposals coming in, we need to continue to figure out how much operating costs actually are,” said Kennedy.
The magistrates agreed to extending the proposal deadline.
The court passed a motion to extend the deadline for the lease and operation of the Benham Inn until 10 a.m. on May 17, at which time they will be opened and read aloud during the meeting. The motion passed with no opposition.
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