Grainger Today Correspondent
BLAINE – The Blaine Board of Mayor and Aldermen voted at its meeting Monday to proceed with discussions to settle the long-running controversy with Todd Claiborne about development of the Fox Farm property.
The action followed an executive session with City Attorney Shelly Wilson and Ryan Jarrard, the attorney retained by the city to handle the litigation. The motion by Alderman Marvin Braden was approved unanimously and without discussion.
The case has been in court for more than three years. Under a court approved agreement in 2014, Claiborne agreed to complete his project to prepare the property for development by May of this year. However, it was not finished by the required date.
The city filed a stop work order followed by Claiborne filing for an injunction to block the order. In two separate court hearings, the city’s order was upheld.
In other business, the board approved a bid from B&C Paving for $283,470 for repair jobs around the city.
Recreation director James Barnes announced the annual fall festival fundraiser for the recreation department will be Oct. 28. He said volunteers are needed to help with the event.
The board also agreed to allow the Blaine Volunteer Fire Department to apply for this year’s CBDG grant. Fire Chief Dwayne Irwin told the board the department had purchased a new pumper truck for $364,000. He said there was no cost to the city because the money came from the previous CBDG grant and donated funds. He said he hopes it will be delivered in time for the city’s annual Christmas parade in December.