Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)

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April 11, 2012

Fiscal Court to rent land

April 11, 2012 —     County Fiscal Court is renting 31 acres of land near the Carter County Detention Center.

    Judge-executive Charles Wallace said the one-year lease will be beneficial to future development of the property.

    “We have to do something about it because of the potential health risk,” Wallace said. “The land needs to have the subsoil turned under because right now, water can't penetrate the ground. That's just a breeding ground for mosquitoes.”

    Wallace said water from the sewer plant backed up onto the property during 2010 flooding. The contaminated ground could also pose risks if left unchecked.

    The land in question has been the center of controversy for some time. Designated for recreational use in 2006, the property has the remains of burnt playground equipment and a walking trail that is quickly being taken over by nature.

    The land recently appraised for $200,000, but is not officially for sale.

    “If it was sold for something else it would be worth more,” Wallace said. “The Fiscal Court would have to re-designate the property, which the magistrates may want to do at the next meeting.”

    The Recreation Alliance has plans for the property, and is currently working with the City of Grayson to make a city park a reality.

    The Fiscal Court’s regular monthly meeting was cancelled this week due to delays with the mail. A new date for the meeting had not been set at press time.

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