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Property owner locked out of property

It wasn’t the first Randolph County Commission meeting for Jeff Landrum, and it probably won’t be the last unless some type of action is taken by the commission. Yet another time, Landrum, who owns land in the county, addressed the commission at last Thursday’s meeting about gates being put up on county roads by a hunting club.

“I went through a lawsuit and got one gate down by an order from the judge, but every time one is taken down, another one is put up,” said Landrum. “I just want to be able to get to my property, but that club try to stop me in everyway possible.”

Landrum showed maps to the commissioners that showed that the gates have been put up on established county roads.

“And for your information, there are other landowners locked out of their property.” Commissioners did agree to have engineer Burrell Jones go look at the roads and report back to see if there can be a settlement in the dispute.

Polling locations

Probate Judge George Diamond addressed the commission regarding local legislation to combine some voting locations. According to Diamond, Swagg, Corinth and Wesley’s Chapel boxes will be combined and citizens will be voting at the Foster’s Crossroads Fire Department. Diamond went on to say Caver’s Grove and Cedron boxes will be moved to Morrison Cross Road Fire Department.

“I feel like this will cut down on the confusion on election day even though separate totals will not be given, and the county will save money on the maintenance of machines,” said Diamond.

After the change, there will be 1,198 voters at Morrison Cross Roads and 1,717 at Foster’s Crossroads.

“This is just the start of the changes, but I wanted to make sure the commission didn’t have to do anything since the legislature will approve the changes,” Diamond said.

Roanoke Property

At Monday’s meeting, the commission approved a recommendation from realtor Sonja Holloman to lower the price on the commercial property on Highway 431 in Roanoke that was formerly home to CoreLinc. The commission approved lowering the price from $1.1 million to $900,000. The commission will continue to lower the price every 30 days after a review with the real estate agent.

In other business, the commission:

Voted against an updated proposed sick leave policy for employees since there is a policy already in place.

Approved a new salary for the county coroner with no benefits and retirement.

Announced the deed is in hand for the property being given to the county fire association and the rescue squad.

Heard from Sheriff David Cofield there are currently 58 inmates in the county jail, 49 male and 9 female.

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