Behind Closed Doors, Kentucky City Buys Controversial Building For $1.3 Million

Number 25673
Subject Government
Source Advocate (Danville, KT)
State KY
Year 2012
Publication Date 10/02/2012; 10/23/2012; 10/31/2012; 11/02/2012
Summary Danville, Kentucky’s purchase of the former Boyle County Industrial Storage Facility, better known as the BISCO building, drew a lot of controversy along with legal battles during the second half of 2012. During its Aug. 13 meeting, Danville City Commission unanimously voted to buy the building at auction for $1,237,550. However, a bidder hired by the city had already won the property in auction three days before. Also, on the day of the auction city officials had cut a check for 10 percent of the BISCO building’s purchase price. Residents raised concerns about the secretive nature of the purchase, especially since then-Commissioner Ryan Montgomery’s father, Mike, had a long-standing business relationship with the building’s former owner Mitchell Barnes. After being publicly prodded, Mayor Bernie Hunstad also acknowledged that his wife, Susan, worked for the bidder the city hired to handle the auction process.
Category Contest Entry
Pages 13
Keywords City officials; city government; auction
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