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Attorney studies legality of Sulphur Springs Park sale

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CANTON, MS (WLBT) -

Land purchased for a park in northern Madison County sits unused to the anger and frustration of residents. Supervisors are considering selling the land at a loss. 

Residents who want the recreational area say county leaders have forgotten them.

The Madison County Board of Supervisors again discussed the future of the undeveloped Sulphur Springs Park. Dr. William Truly, with the Madison County NAACP, urged supervisors to stop with plans to sell the property and questioned them about rumors that a buyer is ready to develop it. No one addressed the speculation. 

The board is considering selling the 64 acres for $400,000 dollars. The county used urban renewal bonds to purchase the land for about $1.5 Million.

More than $600,000.00 has been spent on developing a lake.

District Five supervisor Paul Griffin offered to take $380 thousand from road funds to apply to the park because mostly black residents in the area want a recreational development.            
                    
"I think that really unfair to the people of northern Madison county," said Madison County resident John Brown. "The Sulphur Springs project is just as important to us as the Lost Rabbit project is to the people in the southern end of the county." 

"This is not so much about Sulphur Springs Park but this is really about you really need to start developing the northern part of the county because it has gone without for so long," said Dr. Truly.

The board decided to allow the county attorney to continue to investigate whether sale of park is legal and hear the findings at the August first meeting.

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