The Union County Board of Supervisors acted on items related to two real estate parcels in its meeting Monday morning, Aug. 20.
With the unanimous approval of the board, its President Steve Watson signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) that moves forward the construction of a welcome center adjacent to the Tanglefoot Trail in downtown New Albany. The agreement is between the county board, the City of New Albany and the GM&O Rails to Trails Recreation District (GM&O). GM&O owns and operates the Tanglefoot Trail, a paved cycling and hiking trails that originates in downtown New Albany and runs 43.6 miles to Houston, Miss.
The MOA provides for that Union County leases of one-tenth of an acre, a quadrilateral shape, to the City of New Albany for a 20 years at one dollar per year. The lease may be extended by option for up to 100 years. The leased space is adjacent to the Union County Public Library and next to the Tanglefoot Trail.
The welcome center is to be built, owned and operated by the City of New Albany and financed, in part, by an Appalachian Regional Commission grant to GM&O.
In another matter pertaining to another piece of real estate, the county board approved payment of $1,250 to Hodge Appraisal for an appraisal of a 27.5 acre industrial site on County Road 54.
Union County roads and water service
The board approved an application for a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG). District Four Supervisor Randy Owen said that grant, if approved, would allow county water service to be extended to 35 additional homes in District Four. Owen said he had been working on the project for about four years and believes there is a good chance it will be approved.
Following inspection by Supervisor Owen and District Two Supervisor Chad Coffey, the Board of Supervisors agreed to take in three additional roads as part of the county maintained road system. They are Brittany Road, Sarah Grace Road, and Samuel Road.
At the end of the board meeting Brad Tennison, an attorney from Prentiss County, spoke briefly. Tennison is a candidate for an open judgeship in the Chancery Court District, which includes Union County. It is not uncommon for candidates and office holders to show up at county board meetings to do a little “politicking.” Typically they are not on the published agenda, but are generally allowed to introduce themselves and state their business.
The county board will meet again at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 4