City selling business park timber

Wednesday, February 9, 2011
A large tractor used to load logs on a truck also pulls it from the logging site in Lewisburg's Business Park.

Lewisburg's Business Park is generating more than $19,000 for the city from the sale of a timber contract with a Petersburg man and his Fayetteville-based logging company.

A dozen days ago, Butch Stubblefield and his crew were hauling at least a couple of trailer loads from the woods behind the city's spec building that's available for any prospective employer who wants to buy it.

On that Friday, after so much snow in January, Stubblefield was satisfied with the progress since starting work at about Christmas time, he said.

"We'd have been done if it hadn't snowed," the logger said.

"By the end of February, we'll have to be gone," and finished with this contract, he said.


"Too much in front of us," Stubblefield said of another job close to Cathedral Caverns State Park near Grant, Ala.

Stubblefield Timber bid $19,137 for the contract to remove timber that could be sold, according to city records. The next best bid was $18,000 from Billy Tanner's T&T Logging.

Both bids were opened on April 1. It was the second call for bids since T&T Logging was the only bidder in January 2010 when it was decided to try to get a better price. T&T bid the same price twice.

The decision to re-bid the contract came as a result of a delay during a City Council meeting one year ago today.

"Seems low," Councilman Ronald McRady said during the February 2010 council meeting. "I appreciate what you're doing," McRady told Terry Wallace who was then the city's industrial developer and the official who brought the prospective timber sale to the council.

"I want to give you some money," Wallace had told the council about having 50 acres cleared so buildings could be constructed.

Councilman Robin Minor suggested the city get an expert to inspect and report on whether wood is worth more and Councilman Quinn Stewart suggested the Council defer the decision to another time. McRady agreed and the vote was unanimous.

"It's heavy pulpwood and some good walnut and saw-oak wood," Stubblefield said on that Friday afternoon of Jan. 28.

There's also some cedar, he said.

"The cedar is to be particle board in dressers," said Stubblefield who furnishes wood to Wiser Lumber Co. at Fayetteville, and Elk Valley Hardwoods in Ethridge. The pulpwood is being sold to Smurfit-Stone in Stevenson, Ala. Cedar is going to Giles and Kindle in Maysville, Ala.

The property being logged was described by Lewisburg Industrial Developer Greg Lowe as the "Harder property and the business park."

Stubblefield apparently planned to have one big fire of brush and other wood not worth hauling from the site, but Lowe reported to the city Industrial Development Board on Monday that Fire Chief Larry Williams won't let that happen.

Several smaller fires will be allowed, Lowe reported to the IDB.

IDB Treasurer Sam Kirby asked about how the property will be left and Lowe reported Stubblefield has the responsibility to deal with that. On Jan. 28, Stubblefield indicated he understood the land would have to be smoothed and seeded.

But he also said, "This is a good winter project for us. They didn't care how bad we tear it up." There was no business park tenant affected in the back of the park.