The Lynch City Council passed a resolution to have a feasibility study conducted to research the pros and cons of merging the city with nearby Benham and Lynch.
Mayor John Adams handed the floor over to Cleon Cornett, who was there representing the Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce.
“A few weeks ago, a request was put in to the Bob Frazier Foundation asking for a grant to fund a feasibility study to combine the three cities,” Cornett said. “That request was denied with a stipulation…Basically what the Bob Frazier Foundation board is saying, if you go to the three cities and get them to sign a referendum in support of this, we will take another look.”
Cornett said there was a good chance if the board’s request was met, they would provide the funding for the study.
Cornett asked the council to vote on whether they would support the resolution.
“The resolution is to hire a consultant to come in and work with the three cities on combining,” Cornett explained. “There is an awful lot involved in doing this…a lot of legal matters have to be looked into. So we would have a person that would communicate with all three cities and hopefully at some point bring this to fruition.”
Adams pointed out the resolution is only an agreement to allow a study to be done and there would be no obligation for action.
“I don’t see anything wrong with it,” said Adams. “It doesn’t obligate you to do anything other than listen to a professional give you the pros and cons of it,”
A council member asked if any other cities had passed the resolution.
“That’s a good question,” Cornett answered. “We’re trying to get this done as quickly as possible. Cumberland a couple or three weeks ago went through the process and voted in the affirmative and signed off on it…we’re going to ask Benham to do the same thing we’re asking here.”
Cornett pointed out the feasibility study will focus on combining services while each city keeps its identity.
The council passed a motion to accept the resolution.
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