Heirs ask for return of county land

BY ERROL CASTENS

Daily Journal

OXFORD – Lafayette County supervisors were surprised Monday with a request for return of land sold to the county nearly 30 years ago.

Attorney Greg Park said since the 2-acre tract near the Whirlpool plant south of Oxford had been designated for a mental health facility that was never built, elderly heirs of the deceased physician who sold it are asking for the land to be given back to his clients.

Unfortunately, he added, the original transfer contract was written without a clear reversion clause, and without the county's agreement to quitclaim the property, the matter will end up in court.

Park said Board President Gary Massey was served with papers on the issue in 2000, and the county failed to respond. He offered to give board members a month or two to study the matter and formulate a response.

“We're hoping that an amicable agreement can be reached,” he said.

“If it's been 30 years, a few more months won't matter,” said District 2 Supervisor Clark Littlejohn.

Lafayette Supervisors took one early budget action when they approved $335,000 in support for the Lafayette County-Oxford Public Library.

Elsewhere

n Pontotoc County supervisors heard budget requests from the county's tax collector and sheriff, respectively, according to Chancery Clerk Reggie Collums. Board members agreed to a 30-day extension on the time allotted for the tax collector to finish the county tax rolls.

In addition to the usual monthly bills, Pontotoc County board members also approved payments for renovation work thus far on the courthouse and construction on a building for Region III Mental Health.

n Union County supervisors agreed to consider applications for the Rural Fire Truck Acquisitions Program, Round 6. In addition, they deleted some obsolete equipment from county inventory.

n Supervisors in Calhoun County opened land and personal rolls for equalization, said Chancery Clerk Martha Martin. They also approved a sole-source purchase for E-911 training and support. The board will meet again at 10:30 a.m. on July 14 to hear department heads' budget requests for FY 2004.