Land purchase approved for sidewalk project

Mount Gilead Town Commissioners have reached an agreement to acquire the final piece of property needed to proceed with a long-awaited sidewalk on N. Main St.

A new sidewalk will connect the railroad bridge to Parkertown Rd. along the northeast edge (right in photo) of N. Main St., Mount Gilead, N.C. (image © Google Maps)

A new sidewalk will connect the railroad bridge to Parkertown Rd. along the northeast edge (right in photo) of N. Main St., Mount Gilead, N.C. (image © Google Maps)

The sidewalk is planned for the north side of N. Main St., extending from the railroad bridge near McRae Industries to Parkertown Rd. Plans for the sidewalk have been on the drawing board for more than 15 years.

For the last several years, the lone holdup has been the acquisition of property owned by Tracey Lemonds of Troy. The small strip of land is the front edge of a quarter-acre tract at 510 N. Main.

Right-of-way specialists working for the Town said the piece is worth $300, but Lemonds was asking $5,500. About a month ago, the town upped its offer to $1,500, and had planned to begin proceedings to take the property through eminent domain, if necessary.

In a closed session at their Aug. 13 meeting, Mount Gilead Town Commissioners settled on a final offer of $3,750 for the property. Town Manager Katrina Tatum said Tracey Lemonds had already agreed to the amount, and both parties would save the legal expense associated with the taking of the property.

No timetable was immediately available for the sidewalk project, and we will continue to follow the story.

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