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Roswell OKs $30K furniture buy at Mimosa Hall

When Roswell takes delivery of historic Mimosa Hall, it will come furnished – from a grandfather’s clock, to a canopied four-poster bed, to a $4,000 English Regency banquet table and dozens of other items of furniture and accessories, many dating to the 18th and 19th centuries.

The collection is appraised at nearly $50,000, but Sally Hansell, whose family has owned Mimosa Hall, 127 Bulloch Ave., most of the years since 1867, has offered to sell it for about $30,000, officials said. The City Council voted   Aug. 14 to approve the purchase.

This may be just the first batch. Officials said Hansell is willing to sell a second group of furnishings for $31,835. Council Member Marcelo Zapata moved to buy all the furniture for $60,210, but Mayor Jere Wood ruled the motion out of order. The council may to take up the issue at a future meeting.

In related action, the council approved a lease-purchase agreement with the Georgia Municipal Association, with a 10-year term and 2.25 percent fixed interest rate, to finance its $2.95 million acquisition of Mimosa Hall.

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