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County new owners of Eighth and Polk warehouse property

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By Dave Taylor

The purchase of the former Woods Reynolds Warehouse by the county has been finalized, according to Carroll County Judge-Executive Harold “Shorty” Tomlinson. The property is on the corner of Eighth and Polk Streets, located directly behind and adjoining the Carroll County Regional Detention Center property.

“It is in our name, and we have insurance on it,” Tomlinson said.

The county purchased the property for $60,000 from the estate of the late state senator Tom Harris. Tomlinson had been in negotiations concerning the property for some time with the late senator’s son, Jim Harris, an attorney in Lexington, Ky.

The previous owners still have some items in storage, which they will move to another location in the near future, Tomlinson said.

Carroll County Attorney James Monk had investigated to determine if there was a clear title to the property. There had been initial questions in August when the court first began consideration of the property purchase as to whether there were any environmental concerns with the building.

“I researched it pretty thoroughly, and the best I can tell, there is nothing that would prevent us from using the property,” Monk told the members of Carroll County Fiscal Court during their Nov. 24 meeting.

“We bought it for the sake of possibile future growth,” Tomlinson told The News-Democrat. “Right now there are no immediate plans for future growth. It gives the county opportunities for future expansion in case we would ever want to add on to the jail. Down the road if we wanted to expand, it gives us the room to grow.”

Most recently the warehouse has been used for storage, Tomlinson said, and may continue to be used by the county for the same purpose.

Tomlinson told the members of fiscal court earlier this month that he and Carroll County Road Department Superintendent Doug Crawford had recently inspected the building to determine whether some road crew equipment could be placed in storage in the building to keep it out of the elements during the upcoming winter months.

“There is no big door” large enough to drive large vehicles into the structure, Crawford told the court.

“We may have to make some adjustments to the building” to enable the county to store larger items in the structure, Tomlinson said.