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'Horn' Gets 2-Year Lease, More Council Scrutiny PDF Print
Written by Gary Childers   
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 05:23

What the Southern Appalachian Historical Society asked for was a 25 year lease of the town’s Daniel Boone Park. What they got was a two year lease with details of how they could sub-lease the property to the Farmer’s Market and ASU to be worked out in the next Town Council meeting Thursday night. While stating support for SAHA the Council struggled with committing to a long term lease due to their plans for developing a Cultural Resources Board that will ultimately advise the Town Council on best uses for the properties they have dedicated to cultural enrichment. Council member Lynne Mason, told of the dilemma the Council faces, “ Because we have pending changes with the Daniel Boone Park as well as the Cultural Board, and we understand the need for a longer term lease, but I think we have so many other things happening, I would feel better with a shorter term until we get those things worked out.” Some of the properties that may come under the purview of the Cultural Resources Board are the Daniel Boone Park, the Jones House, the Daniel Boone Gardens, and the Coffey estate. Following the Council’s decision representatives from SAHA, including chair Michelle Ligon said they are happy to be able to proceed with their 61st season, “There have been some things that we had to kind of put off because we didn’t technically have a lease, so it’s definitely a relief to be able to continue our preparations for the upcoming season.”

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