Former Wormser property up for grabs

Former Wormser property up for grabs

The Weakley County Commission officially stands in a two-week recess over an issue that has been referred to repeatedly as an “eyesore” for more than 10 years.

In the commission’s regular session Monday afternoon, Chairman Jimmy Westbrook reported that work was being done to move forward on the sale of the property of W.S. Wormser and adjoining screening properties in Sharon. In order to review sealed bids for the property, commissioners voted to go into a period of recess until 5:30 p.m. on Monday, April 4. An advertisement soliciting sealed bids will be constructed and bids will be accepted until 10 a.m. of the same day.

Backing up to the most recent history, in a joint meeting of the Finance, Ways and Means and Heath, Education and Economic Development committees on Oct. 4, 2010, surplus properties served as the topic of highest importance on the agenda and, at that time, it was reported that approximately $90,344 in taxes was owed on Rebel Screening. Likewise, $288,863 remained outstanding on W.S. Wormser. The committees decided to search for possible liens on the decade-long issue and move toward a solution to a problem that was deemed a “mess” by several commissioners. 

“We’ve recorded orders today to give the title back to the county,” Weakley County Attorney Jeff Washburn reported. “We have the title in our possession as of today.”

“There is no debt assumed and the tax sale will wipe out all liens,” he added. 

In new business, commissioners voted to accept the Weakley County Strategic Economic Development plan as submitted by the Weakley County Chamber of Commerce. 

Chamber of Commerce Director Barbara Virgin reported small changes “to our advantage with ongoing projects.”

Jointly, commissioners voted to pass Resolutions 2011-25-27 relating to budget amendments to the child nutrition fund, the school federal projects fund and the general-purpose school fund. The next regular meeting of the Weakley County Commission will take place at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, May 16.

wcp 3/22/11

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