The Morrison Convenience Center will likely get to stay where it is, but the Smartt Station Convenience Center will have to relocate.
At the county Health and Welfare meeting Thursday night Sanitation Department director Josh Roberts gave an update on the Morrison Convenience Center.
“Last y’all heard there was no way we can fix the Morrison Convenience Center. The footage wasn’t there and there was no way for my truck to service the container,” said Roberts. “I met with Mayor Anderson and she was asking if there was any way possible to keep this convenience center there. She asked if we could even close the road can we keep it here.”
Roberts says he measured and determined that closing 30 feet of the road behind the Morrison Ruritan would allow them to fix the leakage problems.
“It is going to take 30 feet of that road from the corner of our fence to make this work and to move that compactor. I called the TDEC inspector and brought him out and he looked at it and said everything looks great,” said Roberts. “This would leave half the road open. So it would be a one way street. The Mayor of Morrison is all for this and the alderman are all for it. So we have the support from Morrison to approve this and they will vote on this at their next meeting.”
The railroad has agreed to sign a lease with the county at the Morrison site, but Roberts said the Smartt Station site still has to relocate.
“So we have to get off that property, but not Morrison’s?” asked Commissioner Kasey Owens.
“He told us he would sign us a lease if everything goes as the proposal should and everything goes according to plan at Morrison,” said Roberts.
“But they just do not want us in Smartt?” asked Owens.
“That is completely gone,” said Roberts.
“I mean that is my district so I have to stick up for them. It is just crazy to me that all this has been going on with Morrison and now we are finding a way to keep Morrison’s but Smartt Station’s is going to be gone,” said Owens.
“We were told at the start that if we can fix the leakage at Morrison we could stay, but Smartt out of the four is completely gone for liability issues,” said Roberts.
A new Smartt Station center will have to be built, but Roberts says he does not have the details on it yet.
“They are not going to shut it down tomorrow, but where they could go in and shut it down is Morrison. TDEC could walk in tomorrow and put a lock on it. The railroad will allow us time to build a new site for Smartt,” said Roberts.
The railroad is also willing to sign leases with the Starlight and Campaign Convenience Centers as they are currently on railroad property. The railroad is planning to require environmental insurance, which Roberts and lawyers are going to look into. This is still in the early stages of development.