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Three Way buys more land for city hall project

Additional acreage, city hall project in the works

The Three Way Municipal Complex is growing. An additional piece of property will be purchased on the northwest side of the existing land.

Meeting on Monday, July 10, the Three Way Mayor and Board of Aldermen voted to purchase almost seven acres of property from Jimmy Hill.

Hill is the former mayor of Three Way and had set aside an area of farmland adjacent to Pine Hill Park and the municipal complex for the city to purchase if needed. Hill had sold several acres of the field to an area farmer but kept a smaller plot for Three Way.

“This will be a good addition to the property,” said Three Way Mayor Larry Sanders. “It’s not as much as we wanted but it is land we can still use.”

Originally Hill had set aside 10 acres but about half was sold.

During last month’s city board meeting, Aldermen Danny Wade and Mary Ann Tremblay asked the mayor to speak with Hill to see if the city could purchase additional property that would include a small amount of road frontage on Hwy 45 Bypass and connect to the corner marker of the proposed five acres.

Hill agreed to include the additional land, upping the total to 6.92 acres.

The purchase price is $6,500 per acre for a total of $44,980. Alderman Wade motioned to purchase the 7.92 acres, which was seconded by Alderlady Tremblay. The purchase was approved unanimously.

The board also discussed the new city hall project. The board is contracting with Vaughn Associates Architects as the architect and Lashlee-Rich Contractors as construction manager.

Jev Vaughn sent Mayor Sanders the first draft of the city hall floor plan. The board agreed the draft was a starting point during last week’s board meeting. This will give Vaughn the go-ahead to prepare elevation drawings as the next step in the process.

The next meeting with Vaughn and Lashless is slated for Tuesday, July 25 at 6 p.m. in the city’s meeting room behind the fire station.

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