CALLED CITY COUNCIL MEETING CANCELED
The called meeting of the Jackson City Council scheduled for Friday, June 19, has been canceled pending the determination of legal counsel of Lambuth University whether additional offers will be accepted for thirty-three (33) parcels of property currently owned by the university.
According to Mayor Gist “this is an issue between Lambuth University and Mr. Ellis the city should not be involved until and unless the University’s legal counsel makes a determination regarding Mr. Ellis.”
At question is; does Jon Ellis have a binding agreement with Lambuth University? Mr. Ellis believes he does according to a press release from the law office of Jonathan Bobbitt who represents Mr. Ellis and “fully intends to honor it.”(click here to read press release
Mr. Ellis has a Letter of Intent to support his claim which he has made available to city officials.
A copy of a letter of intent submitted by Jon W. Ellis on behalf of i2 Properties and signed by Joey Stoner on behalf of Lambuth University: click here
Many have rumored and speculated about Jonathon Ellis’s intentions for the property. Mr. Ellis’s press release says “As a native of Jackson, Mr. Ellis has been interested in assisting with the revitalization of the Lambuth neighborhood” However to the many involved in that effort dating back 22 years they have never heard of Mr. Ellis. Active members say he has not attended LANA meetings or made himself known to those who have been most involved in the revitalization work. According to the press release “There is no dispute that all the parties share a common goal” That may be how Mr. Ellis feels but city officials have expressed concerns publicly about what Ellis’s plans are for the properties.
Regardless of the doubts, concerns or fears they do not matter to the question at hand. Does Mr. Ellis have a binding agreement with Lambuth to purchase the 26 properties the school is trying to sell?
At the appropriate time Mr. Ellis has promised In the Newsroom an interview where he will discuss his plans for the rehabilitation of these properties. He has offered his assurance through attorney Jonathan Bobbitt the concerns and question will all be addressed and he believes the community and the city will be pleased if they will give him a chance.
The city will refer this back to Lambuth for their Administration and Board to work through. If Lambuth legal council determines that a binding agreement does not exist then perhaps the university will entertain other offers.