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School Board votes to transfer two pieces of property to city, seek third one from it

By Bill ShortMillington Schools logo

The Millington School Board voted this week to transfer two parcels of land to the city and request a third one from it.
Board members took the action Monday night during their regular monthly meeting on a motion offered by Louise Kennon and seconded by Don Holsinger.
The motion was passed by four affirmative votes, with C. J. Haley and Larry Jackson dissenting, and Cody Childress absent.
Dr. David Roper, superintendent of the municipal school system, noted that all three parcels have been “resurveyed” to get a “current, correct and accurate” legal description of them.  He believes it is in the school system’s “best interest” to do the transfers by quit claim deed.
The three items are also expected to be on the agenda for next Monday night’s meeting of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen.
Roper said the first two proposals are to transfer to the city a park adjacent to E. A. Harrold Elementary School and property adjacent to Millington Middle School.
Although both parcels include easements, he said the one attached to the middle school will be “retained,” so parents can “drop off and pick up” their children.
Citing the third proposal, Roper said a small portion of the “back building” at the middle school is located on property that is actually owned by the city. So, he is requesting that it be transferred to the school system.
“It has existed like that for years,” he noted. “But it was just never discovered until this resurvey.”
During discussion shortly before the vote, Jackson said the school system has a problem “getting limbs picked up” on the middle school property.
Roper acknowledged that the effort to keep the grass cut and the debris removed has been part of the “issue,” because the property has traditionally been used as public parks.
“Since they were technically school system property,” he said, “the issue became an obligation on our part to cut the grass and clean up trash. And if they’re going to continue to be used as parks, which we believe is fine, we’d rather that officially be part of the city property.”
Haley noted that the Metro Football Program has used Jameson Park and its lights for “quite a number of years.” When it starts to get dark earlier, the participants go down there and practice.
But within the past couple of weeks, she said, they were unable to do that, because locks were installed. She also said they were told that they would have to pay to use the lights.
Because no one made any telephone calls to find out who was there or why, Haley said she does not think that was “handled” correctly.
“I’m not blaming anybody here, there or wherever,” she noted. “I just think we need to come together and figure out what’s best for the children.”
Haley said that, if the middle school decided to start a baseball team two years from now, the city would expect the school system to rent the ball fields for that use.
Kennon said she will be “very upset” if the Metro Football Program participants are not allowed to use Jameson Park.
“I think, as far as the history goes, they have been allowed to,” she recalled. “I think it’s up to the city to allow the children to do it.”
Board Chairman Greg Ritter asked Roper how the grass cutting and debris removal has been accomplished since this issue “reared its head,” and the board began talking to the city about it.
The superintendent replied that it has been through a “combination of efforts” by “several different folks,” including some school system employees.
“We’ve tried to make a good-faith effort to see that this issue can be dealt with in a reasonable way until we can come to some sort of conclusion,” he noted. “ We think this is the right long-term solution.”

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