Magnet Mills site reaches milestone

Magnet Mills is no more.

Monday night Clinton City Council heard the final clean up of the former hosiery mill has been contracted and should start “sometime next week.” Clinton City Manager Roger Houck informed council the property also has a contract in place for an unnamed buyer.

There was no time line given for when the site will be cleaned up.

The site has been a sort of bone of contention for the City of Clinton for numerous years as the city asked the existing structure be made useful or be demolished.

The site was even considered for historic preservation at one time by the East Tennessee Preservation Society.

Houck also informed council the owner’s lawyers had been in contact with the city’s lawyers about paying the liens and fines the city has placed on the site.

Houck said the city received a check for $107,000 Friday, July 19.

“All the liens the city had placed on it have been cleared,” Houck said.

Nothing was said about the Magnet Mill water tower. In other business before council:

• A $358,000 contract for paving roads in the Westwood Subdivision was approved.

The City of Clinton will do work on the curbs in the subdivision.

• Miracle Recreation of Kentucky and Tennessee was awarded the contract to install playground equipment and for resurfacing South Clinton Park — the All-Inclusive Park — at $25,000 for putting in the playground equipment and $2 per square foot for resurfacing. One other bid was turned in to the city at $38,000 for installing the playground equipment and $3.44 per square foot for resurfacing.

• The city will work with Anderson County Economic Development President Tim Thompson on finding the source of “a black substance” that has been forming on grass, cars, etc., at the residences of some Clinton neighborhoods.

Clinton Mayor Scott Burton said it might be a malfunctioning scrubber at one of the industrial plants in Clinton, but Thiompson would help the city investigate the nature and origins of the substance.