Crestview council votes against settlement agreement on alley

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The ownership of the alleyway between the Alatex building, left, and several rear entrances to businesses on Main Street in Crestview, remains unsettled. On Monday night, the city council voted not reach a settlement agreement with the family of Purl G. Adams, who dispute the city's ownership of the alleyway.

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Published: Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at 11:29 AM.

CRESTVIEW — The City Council will not pursue a settlement to end dispute of a downtown alley's ownership.

City leaders tonight voted 3-2 to not settle with the late Purl G. Adams' family who claim ownership of property near Florida A&M University's Pharmacy School.

The topic was discussed at length after city attorney Jerry Miller gave each council member a copy of the proposed settlement he had reached with Barbara S. Adams and family.

"There is a settlement in the financial amount of $55,000 to Mrs. (Barbara) Adams," Miller said, adding the proposed agreement would ensure the city's property ownership.

Council members Mickey Rytman and Shannon Hayes wanted to settle. However, Council President Robyn Helt and Councilman Thomas Gordon opposed the notion.

"I don't think I can support paying for something that we already had access to," Gordon said.

 Helt agreed, stating she wouldn't use taxpayer funds to purchase the alley, which the city believes it owns.



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