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HOME expected to get 6 acres later this month
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Homeless Effort of McMinnville is within days of having what it needs to create Prosperity Point, that being a parcel of land donated by the city of McMinnville.

The Board of Mayor and Aldermen will hold a special called session this Tuesday, Aug. 3 at 12:30 p.m., followed by a regular session on Aug. 10 at 7 p.m. During those meetings, members will give first and second approvals for the transfer of 6.17 acres on Sunset Point Road to HOME. 

“You guys are a great support to us and we are ever indebted to you all,” said Sheila Fann when the board met for its regular session July 27. Fann, along with Tina Higgins, are original founders of HOME, which is now led by a board of directors. 

Fann also stated, “Sometimes people call us to talk about things. Cookeville called, I don’t know why, and they put this country bumpkin voice on the radio. They asked, ‘Does the city support you?’ I said, ‘We have the best city administrator, mayor and board of aldermen in the state of Tennessee.’ I wish everyone had one like you guys.” 

Voting is merely a legal formality. City officials have voiced a desire to make this donation since HOME members made the request months ago. However, the land conveyance required a survey, an environmental study, legal consideration, committee consideration, and full board approval. 

Additionally, an ordinance is required to deem the land surplus which must be done before a second ordinance can be used to convey the land. Ordinances require two meetings of the board. 

During the July 27 meeting, Alderman Steve Harvey voiced a desire to speed up the process. 

“Is there anything we can do to speed this up?” asked Harvey. 

Left unchanged, the land conveyance final vote would be Aug. 24. 

Board members discussed a special called session and when one could be held and still meet the legal requirements on notification. They settled on Aug. 3 at 12:30 p.m. The additional meeting advanced the final vote to Aug. 10. 

“We are grateful for whatever timeframe you guys give us,” said Fann. “We are meeting out there to talk about the water and sewer and some of the other things that have to be done. I don’t think we can legally start that until the property belongs to HOME.”

Central Church of Christ is currently working on the organization’s first home, a 240-square-foot structure, and a second tiny house has been donated.