The city will give up ownership of alleys and streets that are part of the fairground and were deeded to the city in 1917.
Mark Coleman, vice president of administration and finance at Lindsey Wilson College, said the roads are primarily inside the fairground property and they are not closing anything outside of the fairgrounds.
A proposed ordinance, which was given first reading, states that the city is not aware of ever improving the roadways. An entrance will remain to provide access to the city park, which sits within the fairground.
LWC is purchasing the fairground property from the VFW, and council member Waggener asked if the college had any intentions toward purchasing the park. Coleman said, “we are just trying to do one step at a time.”
The city’s deed would require that a purchaser of the park be required to build an equal park elsewhere because federal funds were once used for the property.
We can’t sell it to you but we can trade,” Dr. Rogers said.
Coleman said there is a process for that to happen but they have gone through a “huge process” to complete the purchase of the fairgrounds.
By Sharon Burton