By Lena Mitchell/NEMS Daily Journal
CORINTH – A small piece of city-owned property that adjoins the American Legion building at the corner of Tate Street and Fulton Drive has been donated to the service group for parking.
American Legion Post 6 Commander Tommy Watson asked the city board to declare as surplus the piece of property – less than an acre – which they have been informally using for parking. The board voted last month to make the property transfer.
“The American Legion’s property was not much more than the four corners of their building,” said city attorney William H. “Bill” Davis Jr. “This is a grassy area not being used for anything.”
By state law the city can make the donation to a nonprofit organization when the property is not in use for municipal purposes. Since the American Legion post is a nonprofit civic organization, board members felt the donation was appropriate.
The terms of the property transfer includes a provision that the American Legion may retain ownership as long as the property continues to be used for civic, social, educational, cultural, moral, economic or industrial welfare of Corinth, but if that changes property, ownership will revert to the city.
State law also requires that the city retain mineral rights to the property, which has no bearing in this case, Davis said.
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