Feb. 26, 2014 —
The proposed sale of much-disputed property owned by Carter County Fiscal Court may be hindered by past actions and zoning regulations.
Fiscal Court voted unanimously on Jan. 24 to declare the property next to the Carter County Detention Center as surplus and to place it for sale.
The property had been leased to grow corn for the past two years but was designated for recreation in 2006.
A simple “strawman” deed could change the restrictive covenant which hasn't been followed for some time but one thing still stands in the way of the land being sold-- the City of Grayson.
“They can sell it but whoever buys it can only put a park there,” Mayor George Steele said of the property. “They can lease it to whomever they want but we can fine whoever puts a crop down there $100 a day because that property is zoned for recreational purposes only.”
Grayson City Council approved a recommendation by the City Planning and Zoning Commission in November 2012 to restrict use of the land to recreation.
Steele says that the Fiscal Court was properly notified of the change in zoning for the land, which was annexed into the city in 2010.
“If they sell or lease that land under the pretext of anything other than recreation, it would be fraud in my opinion,” Steele said.
He claims that the Fiscal Court's intention is to sell the property to the city.
“The taxpayers paid for that property once, 12 years ago,” Steele said. “They shouldn't have to pay for it twice.”
Public notice of the sale of the property has yet to be advertised in the Journal-Times.
Leeann Akers can be reached at email@example.com or by phone at 474-5101.