The Mineral town council will hold a public hearing on the issue of transferring ownership of Walton Park from the town to the Mineral Volunteer Fire Department at their next meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 15.
The council first raised the issue of transferring ownership at their May 13 meeting, deciding to reach out to the fire department to see if the volunteers wanted to take ownership of the park.
Councilors cited an agreement between the town and the fire department that the ownership of the park would be transferred to the latter, should the fire department ever incorporate.
The park was deeded to the town in 1965 by Elizabeth Trice Walton. The deed filed with the court at that time states that the park was deeded “to the citizens of the Town of Mineral and the surrounding community” and makes no mention of the fire department.
Ed Kube, who is running for town council, spoke on the issue at the council’s Sept. 9 meeting. He brought to council’s attention a town water well that was dedicated within the park. The legal document that dedicates the well, dated June 15, 1978, gives “full interest and control” of the land on which the well sits to the Town of Mineral “so long as said parcel is used for a water supply system.”
Council did not address the dedication during the meeting, voting simply to hold a public hearing on the issue of the park’s ownership.
The hearing will be held at the start of the Oct. 15 meeting, which begins at 7 p.m. at Mineral Town Hall.