Linden mayor begins discussion to sell football field

Published 2:01 pm Tuesday, July 23, 2019

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Linden Mayor Charles Moore initiated a discussion with the city council about selling the city’s football field at their meeting on Tuesday. Moore intends to sell it to the Linden City School System if they are interested. After a brief discussion, the council did not indicate whether any action should be taken to move the proposition forward.

The city acquired the football field approximately eight years ago for an estimated $40,000 from the Linden Athletic Association, according to Moore.

It was purchased by the city at the time for use by both school systems, the LCSS and Marengo Academy. Marengo Academy has since closed its doors.

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Moore is interested in selling the field in order to cut further maintenance costs on the site.

“It would release some manpower for us to do other things,” Moore said.

Moore and City Attorney Woody Dinning briefly discussed a contract between the City of Linden and George E. W. Jones, who owns a skating rink and a parking lot that is currently also used as the field’s parking lot. Dinning said that as long as the field continues to be used as the school’s football field, the parking lot will still be open to the field’s visitors.

The city council had no further discussions about selling the field.

The city council also approved Julie Golson to used the gazebo at ChiLLy Fest Park to give out food and drinks to promote the Messengers of the Cross motorcycle ministry on Saturday,  Aug. 17.

Dinning will also continue contacting owners of a dilapidated property in order for the owners to begin upkeep on the site.

The Linden City Council meets the first and third Tuesday of every month at city hall, 4:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend.

(This article originally appeared in the Wednesday, July 17 issue of the Demopolis Times.)