|Published: 10:38 AM, 06/17/2013
||Last updated: 10:39 AM, 06/17/2013
Author: Jessica Cross
Source: The Monroe County Advocate
MADISONVILLE-Expansion is on the
horizon for 411 Chapel Baptist Church in Madisonville, but the church
needs a little help to fulfill their plans.
Suzann Hill, representing the church,
asked the Madisonville City Council to sign over a quit-claim deed
and waiver of right-of-way to a proposed plotted road, Shady Lane.
Hill said the road was shown on a 1961 map of Mountain View Heights
SD, otherwise known as the Doc McGuire property.
"We're in the process of building a
new sanctuary," Hill explained. "We need the property."
McGuire's children currently own six
lots of property near the church and Hill said the property owners
have agreed to donate the lots and/or allow the church to purchase
But there were bigger issues than the
"Any time you are giving property to
a church, you get into a violation of the First Amendment
Establishment Clause," explained City Attorney Jerome Melson.
Hill wasn't satisfied with that
"If you can do it for the liquor
store, why can't you do it for us?" she questioned.
"Well, because you're a church," responded Melson.
See full story in the Sunday, June 16, edition of The Advocate & Democrat.
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