The former Packerton Yards property is up for sale.

During the Carbon County Commissioners' meeting on Thursday, the board voted 2-0 to advertise the sale of the 71.54 property, which straddles Mahoning Township and Lehighton, with a starting bid of $300,000. Commissioner William O'Gurek abstained from the vote due to his employment at the Times News.

Commissioner Wayne Nothstein, chairman, said that the bids will most likely be opened at the end of September, but no date has been officially set as of the meeting.

He noted that the county chose $300,000 as the minimum bid, because the property had previously been assessed at $285,000.

"It's been a long time coming," Nothstein said. "We certainly tried."

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