SMITHFIELD – Johnston County Commissioners have tabled a vote on an option to buy four adjacent tracts of land including a mobile home park. The board voted 4-to-2 to table the decision until their October meeting when all seven commissioners are present.
Commissioners are reportedly considering the purchase of four tracts totaling approximately six acres on Highway 70 Business just east of Yelverton Grove Road and adjacent to the new Johnston County Jail and Public Safety Center site under construction. The six acres includes a mobile home park and old house owned by Larry Cox of Smithfield, doing business as C & S Properties.
During their Sept. 20th meeting, Commissioners discussed a 12-page Offer to Purchase contract with C & S Properties.
The contract includes an Option Agreement, which would give the County until December 30, 2021 to decide whether or not they want to buy the parcels. The County would pay Mr. Cox $5,000 for the option, which would go towards the purchase price if commissioners decide to move forward with the real estate acquisition.
If the option is exercised before December 30, the County would pay Mr. Cox $450,000 for the six acres and mobile home park. The parcels have a combined tax value of $268,660.
However, during their Sept. 20th meeting, commissioners could not decide on whether to move forward with the contract immediately or wait until Commissioner Tony Braswell, who was absent, could be in attendance at the next scheduled meeting on October 4th.
Commissioners voted 4-to-2 to table the decision until the October meeting when Mr. Braswell will be present. Commissioners Patrick Harris and Fred Smith voted against tabling the matter, preferring to vote on it immediately.
County Manager Rick Hester said if Commissioners ultimately decide to purchase the real estate adjacent to the Public Safety Campus it would give the County space for a new Auxiliary Building, if needed in the future.