Mayor vetoes trade of Agri-Gro building to GNC Industries
POCAHONTAS – Following the 4-2 approval at the last council meeting of the swapping out of a Cityowned building with GNC Industries for their planned expansion, Mayor Keith Sutton vetoed the trade, noting that it was not in the best interest of the city.
Garry Palmer, owner of GNC Industries on Pace Road in east Pocahontas, requested the swap along with paying a difference of $2,000 for the City-owned building on Highway 67 South in the former Magee industrial complex, which the City rents to Agri-Gro for storage purpose. Appraisals on both properties showed the City’s building to appraise for $2,000 more.
The mayor has five days to veto the decision and file it with the circuit clerk’s office, which Sutton did. In a letter written to the Council members on May 18, Sutton stated, “The decision on trading our building (Agri-Gro) for the GNC building actually is not [in] the best interest of the City. The City has the potential of losing a substantial amount of funds. The GNC building would be useless to the City.”
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