Neighborhood center relocation sites explored

The county hopes to fix the problems at Morrison and Smartt Station Convenience Center while avoiding costing taxpayers additional money.

In County Executive Jimmy Haley’s June report, he addressed ongoing issues at the two convenience stores. Both are on railroad property and the railroad wants the centers moved. The Morrison center had leaking issues and the Smartt station was deemed a safety hazard.

In her report, Haley said: “Our sanitation convenience centers at Morrison and Smartt Station continue to be a problem. We are exploring the relocation of these sites into a consolidated facility to meet the growing needs of this area of ​​the county. »

The county does not have a lease to be on these properties. Morrison Mayor Sue Anderson provided a lease that Morrison Ruritan Club had with Caney Fork and Western allowing them to be on the property, but the validity of the lease is still in question. The railroad attorney considers the lease void, but Anderson says the attorneys have reviewed the lease and say it is valid.

Haley says he’s been trying to figure this out for years. Residents of Morrison and Anderson don’t want the site moved, but environmental violations and railroad ownership leave little choice.

“For more than two years, we have asked Morrison Mayor Anderson to help us locate a property that would solve all the problems, but no suitable site has been identified,” Haley said in her report. “Director Josh Roberts and I will continue to develop the best plan for our residents while satisfying TDEC and the Railroad Commission. We welcome everyone’s feedback as we develop a new corrective action plan at no additional cost to taxpayers. »

The new sites already discussed are: the property the county owns behind Volunteer Bearing in Mt. View Industrial Park, a location on Ball Park Rd., the former Morrison Elementary basketball area that would be leased , Hall Closet in Morrison for $150,000, Sullens leased land for $1,500 per month, Brown Road IDB one acre of land for $6,500, four acres on New Progress Blvd., McMinnville Palette for price unknown and next to ‘IMI on Highway 55 for $50,000, Finger Bluff Road Waymon Hale property for unknown price, Sam Womack Estate property at 8627 Manchester Highway for unknown price, two acres on Caten property for $110,000 and the corner lot of Mountain View Drive and Highway 55.

A new location has not been determined.