By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor
The Morgan County Board of Commissioners (BOC) is hesitant to oblige the city of Madison’s request for help on a small paving project until the Airport Expansion land sale payment is settled. The BOC is looking to acquire $400,000 from the city of Madison as agreed upon for the sale of a 14-acre parcel of land on Bass Road for the city’s airport expansion.
“I think we should help the City of Madison, but I think they should live up to their responsibility to us before we do,” said Commissioner Ellen Warren, who noted in last month’s meeting that the county has been waiting almost two years for this payout. “It would be different if we hadn’t been waiting on this for several years and depending on this on our budget.”
The BOC indicated their willingness to eventually approve the city’s request for help with paving on Crawford Street and on Hill Park, as well as the city’s request for assistance clearing and grubbing a “tot lot” on White Hall Street.
“It seems like the board is saying they would rather wait until after the airport land purchase is further resolved before proceeding,” said County Manager Michael Lamar. Lamar noted that the county may go ahead and help with the ‘tot lot’ project as soon as possible, since the project’s completion could help the city acquire a grant they are currently vying for. “We’ll probably go ahead and do that, and wait a bit on the rest,” said Lamar. But according to the city, it’s up to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to award the city with the money to pay for the land sale. The airport expansion is being funded through a federal grand with the FAA, which takes time, said City Manager David Nunn.
According to Lamar’s monthly report, the county may not wait too long, as his conversation with Madison City Manager David Nunn indicated scheduling for a closing date is anticipated within the next 30 days.