Warren County government has rejected a request from a business owner to purchase a small section of land.
The county-owned property in question is located on Belmont Drive adjacent to Pack Manufacturing. Owner Jerry Pack asked the county to consider selling a small section of its 9.2 acres.
“I’m not against Pack Manufacturing Company at all,” said Commissioner Carl E. Bouldin. “That little piece of property, where it’s located at, I recommend we keep it.”
The property has a drainage issue.
“This property is swamp right there,” said Commissioner Kenny Roberts. “I’ve been by there twice and looked at it. Right next to Belmont Drive, there’s water standing from there almost to McCormick’s warehouse.”
County Executive Herschel Wells urged the committee to consider future uses of the property.
“You’ve got nine acres,” said Wells. “Guys, that could be used for a small factory, especially where it sits.”
Bouldin agreed, “Yes, where it sits. It’s county-owned property and it’s not costing us anything. There could be, hopefully one of these days, a little plant want to move in on that piece of property.”
Roberts added, “Really, I don’t see that it would be used for much.”
Pack wants to purchase the property, said Wells, to straighten up his property lines and not as a way to expand his business.
Committee members unanimously rejected selling the property.