Grifton moving closer to deal with CSX
By Amber Revels-Stocks
Tuesday, February 26, 2019
GRIFTON — The town of Grifton is moving closer to signing a lease with the railroad company for land surrounding its depot.
While the depot belongs to the town, the land it is sitting on belongs to the railroad. In 2018, the town discovered that its lease with CSX Transportation Inc. that covers the land expired in April 2005.
Grifton began discussions with the railroad on a new lease. The discussions moved a step closer to being completed when the Grifton Board of Commissioners approved to send a modified lease agreement to CSX at its Feb. 12 meeting.
“Our attorney (Cliff Parsons) and our insurance company looked at it and recommended some changes,” interim Grifton Manager Mark Warren said. “We’re as happy with it as we can be and recommend sending it to CSX for their approval.”
The town will pay $450 per year for use of the land. This fee will be reevaluated on an annual basis.
CSX requires a 4-foot-tall fence to separate the depot from its tracks. The town in January installed a vinyl-coated chain link fence.
In addition, CSX is asking Grifton to request approval for any permanent modifications to the premises, and that all work be done according to CSX’s safety standards and guidelines.
The lease will not interfere with Grifton’s current use of the depot nor will it keep the town from renting out the facility.
A separate lease agreement between Grifton and CSX covers Mattie’s Mini-Park at the corner of Main and Railroad streets.
Commissioner Johnny Craft made a motion to send the lease to CSX, which Commissioner Claude Kennedy seconded. The motion passed 4-0. Commissioner Will Barnes was not in attendance.