Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

November 5, 2013

County marketing old health department building

Panel approves sign for military museum

By Gary Nelson
Senior staffwriter

CROSSVILLE — Cumberland County Mayor Kenneth Carey Jr. told members of the county building and grounds committee he has spent roughly $500 so far marketing the sale or lease of the old Cumberland County Health Department building.

Earlier this year the committee authorized the county mayor to research either putting the old county health department building up for sale or leasing the facility.

"We just had a sign made and put up out there, and I've had a few conversations about the building," Carey said.

Carey told the committee there is one group of service agencies that is looking at the building for a possible purchase for office spaces.

"At this point, we're asking for offers," Carey said.

Carey said he would report back any updates to the committee as they become available.

Joe Koester, 5th District commissioner, said maybe the county could rent out the facility for short-term events, similar to the way the Cumberland County Community Complex rents out rooms for events.

Commissioners said it was something to consider, but took no action.

In other areas, commissioners approved allowing the Cumberland County Military Museum to install a sign they are paying for in front of the museum.

Carey said the sign would be in front of the museum in the grassy area just to the right of the building. The sign measures three feet by five feet.

"Is there going to be room for it there?" Carmin Lynch, 9th District commissioner, asked.

"They feel it should be plenty. They wanted it bigger, but are making it smaller to make sure it will fit," Carey said.

Dave Hassler, 3rd District commissioner, moved to allow it and his motion was supported by Charles Seiber, 4th District.

It was approved, but Lynch voted no, saying he would like to see plans of where the sign would be located.