Council hears more on Martin home issue

Council hears more on Martin home issue

Pulaski Town Council heard more Wednesday evening from the family of Gary Martin, a long-time former town employee who recently received an eviction notice from the town.

Martin, who was a town employee for some 40 years, approached council in early October for its help after receiving notice from the town giving him 30 days to remove his double-wide home from town property located at the Macgill Village Park.

Martin has lived on the site since 1981. Martin told council in October the town had created the home site so he could live there and keep watch over a storage building at the park where the town kept recreation equipment.

Martin told council in October that there had been discussions through the years about the land being surveyed so he could buy it, but nothing was ever finalized.

On Wednesday his daughter, Amanda approached council with information on what she said were two scenarios she had discussed with Interim Town Manager Darlene Burcham.

Those scenarios include purchasing a portion of the town’s property where her father’s home is located or moving the double-wide to another location within the town or county.

She presented the information – along with a petition signed by supporters of Martin – to Burcham at the end of the meeting.

Martin said her family had measured an area around her father’s home which they feel would be a reasonably sized area to seek to purchase from the town.

She also included information on one location in town they may be able to move his double-wide to if the purchase of the town’s property is not possible. She also included information on two other properties in the county.

Martin said her family did not know how long it might take to move the home to either of those sites.

Martin added her family had spoken with the owner of land behind her father’s home. She said the landowner feels he could let the Martins construct a driveway through his property to give access to Martin’s home, which would eliminate the need to cross town property to access the home.

Council and Burcham urged Martin to continue to keep in contact with the town on her progress to come up with solutions to the situation that council can consider. They also urged her to approach a surveyor now to survey the property they wish to purchase from the town, as local surveyors are very busy right now.

By MIKE WILLIAMS, The Patriot