Last week, Magistrate Kevin Terrell announced that the Department of Interior would not grant a variance on a stipulation attached to a 1980 grant mandating that all Complex land be used for recreational purposes in his capacity as chairman of the Complex’s board of directors.
“It’s a Fiscal Court matter,” said Humphries. “We have no option but to meet and discuss the information. The court will meet as a group and discuss other avenues to peruse. It’s somewhat premature to say the matter is officially closed. We want to work with the fire department and coordinate with other land owners in the area to find other properties to use.”
Humphries said that the addition of a substation would be a benefit to citizens in the area of the Complex. “We felt we had a good opportunity to do this, but some Federal grants have more strings attached than others. This one we received in 1980 was just that, and we had no chance for a variance.”
According to Humphries, the county found the stipulation attached to the deed for the property. “We haven’t found much information on the grant, such as how much it was for. We have no Fiscal Court records of the dollar amount of the grant, but that may be in the minutes of the Complex board. We don’t know what the grant was for. We found a signed receipt saying that we received the funding.”
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