Mineral County Commissioners met with a small group of concerned citizens at the Hawthorne Convention Center to discuss grant funds that can be used to tear down county buildings or county trust property.

The main property being discussed in that of the old gas station located in the 800 Block of E Street, referred to as “Patriot’s Plaza”. The property, gifted to the county, has a stipulation that it should be named the “Patricia Y. McDowell Park” per paperwork that is found within the clerk’s office.

Discussion on future plans of the property included that of a stage area where local bands could perform, a pocket park and a tourist draw.

Located in the clerk’s office is a pictometry of all trust properties currently in the counties name. For those that wish to look at the areas in question, you may stop by and speak with Deputy Clerk Heidi Johnson.

Questions were brought up from the audience in regards to cleaning up Mineral County, if the funds were to be used only in Hawthorne and the purchasing of properties.

Any commercial property, it was explained, will be sold according to state statute.

If you have any questions regarding the demolition, refurbishing or purchase of properties or of the grant itself, you may contact Mineral County Clerk Chris Nepper.