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Frontier Village saga back at Town Council

Frontier Village was back on the Pulaski Town Council agenda Tuesday, but once again the property owner declined to attend the meeting.
Pulaski Town Manager John Hawley told town council he had spoken with Randall Jones and Jones "doesn’t want to discuss (the issue) in public."
Mayor Jeff Worrell added, "he (Jones) indicated Monday he will come before town council" about the replica village near the corner of Randolph and Commerce streets, "but not today."
Councilman Joel Burchett Jr., who first questioned the status of Frontier Village last fall, said he thinks it is important the town "stay after" Jones to make some decision on the fate of the village. He said town council owes it to their constituents to see that something is done.
"I hate to see it slip into a black hole and six years down the road it looks worse than it does today," said Burchett, noting that there seems to be substance to some of the buildings such as the greenhouse.
In response to questions by Burchett, Hawley said Jones still has not presented the town with a business plan for Frontier Village, as Burchett has requested at past meetings.
Hawley indicated most of the issues town council had with the property was the need to clean up the trash. However, he said, most of the problem was not on Frontier Village property, but on the property of the old Barrett Store.
According to Hawley, the owners of the Barrett Store property have offered to donate the property to the town.
Councilman Morgan Welker questioned whether Pulaski Industrial Development Authority would be interested in the Barrett’s property for an alternative use.
Hawley said he would find out.
He said he also will find out if Jones is willing to meet with Worrell and one council member to discuss his plants, given the weak economy.

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Frontier Village saga back at Town Council

Frontier Village was back on the Pulaski Town Council agenda Tuesday, but once again the property owner declined to attend the meeting.
Pulaski Town Manager John Hawley told town council he had spoken with Randall Jones and Jones "doesn’t want to discuss (the issue) in public."
Mayor Jeff Worrell added, "he (Jones) indicated Monday he will come before town council" about the replica village near the corner of Randolph and Commerce streets, "but not today."
Councilman Joel Burchett Jr., who first questioned the status of Frontier Village last fall, said he thinks it is important the town "stay after" Jones to make some decision on the fate of the village. He said town council owes it to their constituents to see that something is done.
"I hate to see it slip into a black hole and six years down the road it looks worse than it does today," said Burchett, noting that there seems to be substance to some of the buildings such as the greenhouse.
In response to questions by Burchett, Hawley said Jones still has not presented the town with a business plan for Frontier Village, as Burchett has requested at past meetings.
Hawley indicated most of the issues town council had with the property was the need to clean up the trash. However, he said, most of the problem was not on Frontier Village property, but on the property of the old Barrett Store.
According to Hawley, the owners of the Barrett Store property have offered to donate the property to the town.
Councilman Morgan Welker questioned whether Pulaski Industrial Development Authority would be interested in the Barrett’s property for an alternative use.
Hawley said he would find out.
He said he also will find out if Jones is willing to meet with Worrell and one council member to discuss his plants, given the weak economy.

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