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Mayor wants closure on proposed youth activity center project

By Marlana Ward
Freelance Writer

Parsons wants closure on proposed youth activity center project
In other business, Mayor Parsons asked the board to decide on the proposed youth activity center, which has been discussed at length for many months. “We are going to have to make a decision to either move forward or backward,” he said.
Kimberly Harper presented the group with drawings of a building concept along with a list of final cost estimations so the board could make a decision.
She explained that Danny Herman had made an offer on behalf of the estate, which owns the property to let the town purchase the lot at half of the appraisal value with him donating the remaining cost. “He has said that if he can get a commitment from the city, he will turn the deed over and the town can take however long needed to pay,” said Harper.
Shaw informed the group that an appraisal had already been done and included in the lease agreement, which was approximately $260,000.
The group was informed that time had become an issue for deciding what to do about the property. “We cannot get any grants or get inmates to paint until the property is in the Town of Mountain City name,” explained Parsons, while Harper added, “People who are donating want to get something set so they can move forward with other things they have going too.”
Alderman Bob Morrison requested that a final price is determined for the property and a decision is made at the next meeting when the aldermen would have had ample opportunity to review the costs and how much time would be needed to pay the town’s commitment if it was decided to move forward.
The next meeting of the Mountain City Board of Mayor and Aldermen will be on April 3, 2018. Meetings are held at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall located at 210 South Church Street.