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Rowan board mulls sale of Spencer home

Rowan County commissioners will meet at 3 p.m. Monday to discuss a variety of issues, including selecting a voting delegate for the N.C. Association of County Commissioners annual conference as well as the potential sale of a Spencer property that originally was slated in February to be a veterans home.
In a letter to Rowan County Manager Gary Page, Richard Adams wrote this past Monday that he entered into an agreement to purchase the house at 418 S. Carolina Ave. in Spencer for the purpose of setting up a home where veterans could stay.
Although permission and zoning was granted for the house, the deal fell through after neighbors rallied against the house being in their neighborhood. There also was a home nearby with a similar use.
According to the letter, Adams had paid $5,000 on the project and now wants to buy the house back for $50,000.
If Adams is not allowed to buy the property, he wants his money reimbursed as well as “a fair amount for the work and improvements that have been made to the property to date.”
The property’s 2014 tax value was adjusted to $85,589 by county staff.
“I have invested thousands of dollars and countless hours personally towards this business venture, all without return,” Adams wrote.
Commissioners also will look at approving China Grove Fire Department’s decommissioning of its permitted ambulance unit permanently.
If approved, the request and recommendation will not affect the China Grove Fire Department from continuing to participate as an approved medical responder agency.
The town’s council members made the decision, and China Grove Fire Chief Jeff Gledhill said the organization still will offer services “in any way to benefit the citizens of Rowan County.”
The commissioners meet in the J. Newton Cohen, Sr. Room on the second floor of the County Administration Building, 130 W. Innes St.
Contact report Jim Holt at 704-797-4246.

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