By Jacob Bembry
Greene Publishing, Inc.
This writer believes that many of his readers did not know who the owner of the Madison Police Department building really was. He did not know himself until he attended the Tuesday, Nov. 8, Madison City Commission meeting.
Clay Schnitker, city attorney for Madison, discovered a mistake while working on the title and title opinions on the police station renovation grant.
While looking at the Restrictive Covenants related to the police station renovation grant signed in 2004, it listed the owner as City Commissioner Myra Valentine, who was the mayor at the time. The property is really owned by the City of Madison and not Valentine.
Schnitker prepared a document to correct the error, with Madison listed as the owner.
Current Mayor Jim Catron asked Valentine, jokingly, if she had been paying the taxes on the property.
When Schnitker said that the new document could be approved by the board if a motion passed, Valentine said, “Oh, please, please, let me make that motion.”
Valentine’s motion, relieving her of the responsibility of owning the police department, passed unanimously.