No Hanky Panky Involved In Real Estate Purchase



On April 21, in a Letter to the Editor Dave Engelman assumed the difficult task of defending the wisdom of the Citizens Awareness Committee (CAC). He resurrected the old CAC charge of "hanky panky" involving The Door Stop's 2001 purchase of land, and questioned whether I actually wrote a paid political ad (I did) that offended him so much.

Mr. Engelman invited me to respond to his charge that the CAC's 2001 investigation of The Door Stop (written by Bill Michaelis in the Payson Roundup June 8, 2001) produced some "very interesting" results.

I'm sure I've corrected this rumor a thousand times, but, as a refresher to Mr. Engelman, I'll recap yet again.

First, I'll address the continuing disinformation that some sweetheart deal existed between the town and Door Stop that resulted in a huge discount on the land we purchased. Roundup articles published on June 8 and June 12, 2001 (available through Roundup archives with a search for "Door Stop") state the appraised price to be $367,485, or about $73,500 per acre, and $73,500 is exactly what Door Stop paid. Even though town officials agreed to consider a discounted price of $45,000 per acre for all town-owned industrial lots, we preferred to pay the appraised value, and we did.

Maybe Mr. Engelman found "very interesting" the CAC charge that our Chandler factory was vacant and listed for sale. This charge proved embarrassing to the CAC when the photograph of the vacant factory and the listing contract, supplied to the Roundup as proof, was actually of the wrong building.

Maybe he is referring to the CAC charge that we "have had three corporate names: Door Stop, Western Cabinet and most recently Chilton LLC."

We informed the CAC twice that we have one corporate name -- Western Cabinet Doors, Inc. which is doing business as The Door Stop. Our real estate is owned within an LLC, a practice that most corporations use today, including the Payson Roundup.

The "very interesting" study Mr. Engelman referred to also questions the need for new jobs in Payson because the newspaper currently lists "above-average paying jobs for the working class."

Obviously, the CAC members do not consider themselves "working class." I envy their retired freedoms, but not their failing memories.

The old saying that "sometimes wisdom comes with age and sometimes age just comes alone" somehow seems appropriate.

Jim Hill, Payson

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