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Board of education makes offer on fish and game club land as part of new school project

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By Mallory Bilger

As part of its efforts to secure land to accommodate a new elementary school, the Spencer County Board of Education voted at a special meeting last week to make an offer on 13 acres owned by the Spencer County Fish and Game Club, but details are still emerging as to where the club would relocate if it were to strike a deal with the board.
The board unanimously passed a motion to offer the club $135,000 for its acreage off Little Mount Church Road, which abuts property owned by Tanglewood Golf Course also being pursued by the board for the new school. Several months ago, the board considered the Tanglewood land, which is currently used as the course’s driving range. The Tanglewood property is 1.8 miles northeast of Ky. 55 and 44 and is accessible from Tanglewood Drive via Ky. 44.  The city of Taylorsville’s most recent sewer expansion project made sewers available to the property.
Initially, it appeared that the Tanglewood property was dismissed by the board as a possible site because it abuts the fish and game club’s gun range. Superintendent Chuck Adams and some board members expressed concern about the public’s perception of a school being located on property next to a gun range. However, if the fish and game club was to accept the board’s offer, it would alleviate the issue of the range.
Adams said he was unsure of whose name was on the deed for the club property.
“I’m not certain of who holds the deed although I have been told it is held by the club and the business contact is with the president of the Board of Directors,” Adams wrote in an email. “I can’t discuss specific figures, but I can tell you that the building(s) that are present on the property drove the appraised value up in the event that anyone just assumes that the (board of education) offered over $10,000 per acre as a first offer without knowledge of the structures already present.”
A call to the club’s Sergeant of Arms Tony Wheatley confirmed that the club had been in discussions with the board of education about the land, but Wheatley was unable to confirm who actually held the deed for the property. He also said he felt confident that if the club did sell, it would relocate.
“I know we’ve talked about it a few times at the meetings,” Wheatley said. “We plan on proceeding at a new location. We’re trying to come up with the best alternatives. Personally, I think it’s a win-win situation, depending on the cost.”
The Spencer Magnet also contacted club representative Tim Brewer, who confirmed that the club’s entire location was on the property in question. However, he declined to discuss the issue further until he had more information and had discussed it with other board members.
Adams said the board was still very interested in the Tanglewood property, but that pursuing it would hinge upon the board’s ability to acquire the fish and game club land.
“We have a good understanding, although unofficial at this point, of what it will take to secure that property, therefore, all of our focus right now is on the game club property,” Adams wrote.
The board has been searching out potential property sites for a new school for more than a year, and has been discussing the need for an additional elementary site since 2008. Most recently, the board has visited and continues to visit elementary school sites across the state to help determine the new 600-student facility’s floor plan.