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Triangle property sold to health system

Posted on Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at 1:16 am

A portion of the triangle property where Wilson Brothers Auto Center was once located in Fayetteville has been sold by Lincoln County to the Lincoln County Health System for $50,000.

The Lincoln County Commission approved selling the property to the health system during its July meeting.

Consideration of the offer had been pending the removal of five tanks from the property, as well as soil tests to ensure that there were no environmental concerns, said Lincoln County Mayor Peggy Bevels during the meeting. Bevels noted that Small Oil Co. had paid for having the tanks removed as well as the dismantling of the canopy, which the company also owned.

Commissioners also approved an agreement for consulting services with R.W. Armstrong and Associates in regard to plans for expansion of the Lincoln County Jail.

In related business, the commission tabled action on a schematic design and design development documents related to the jail project until the August meeting while approving payment of an $108,395 invoice to Cope Architects for schematic design and design development on the project.

Apparently, members of the Lincoln County Corrections Partnership Committee are considering an alternative design element that may prove to be a better option on the project.

In other business, commissioners certified the county’s property tax rate at $1.96 per $100 of assessed valuation. In the course of related discussion, the county mayor noted that 50 years ago, in 1963, the county’s property tax rate stood at $2.98 – the population of the county then was approximately 23,000. Today, with a rate of $1.96, the county’s population is approximately 34,000.

It was also noted in discussion that while the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency had been cut in funding on the federal level, state funding to the local Emergency Management Agency is not going to be cut this year.

Additionally, the county mayor asked Don Counts of Fayetteville Public Utilities to address the commission in regard to the use of the sound system present in the courtroom where the commission meets. With meetings being streamed by FPU online and broadcast on radio stations WYTM 105.5 FM and WEKR 1040 AM, concerns had been expressed by constituents in regard to the audio feed. Counts encouraged commissioners to utilize the microphones made available to them, so that those in the listening audiences could hear comments and motions.

The commission also approved the re-election of Cathy Powell to the board of directors of the Fayetteville/Lincoln County Public Library.