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Sullivan County archives in need of space

December 8th, 2013 7:23 pm by J. H. Osborne

Sullivan County archives in need of space

BLOUNTVILLE — County Commissioner Eddie Williams wants to do something about the lack of space — and especially space convenient to the county archives office — for storage of county documents that should be available for public review.

Williams said he is not happy having been “put on the spot” and ending up “looking like the bad guys” after a woman complained during public comment at the Sullivan County Commission’s meeting last month.

The woman described a very long wait to see archival records she’d requested, blamed on off-site, inconvenient storage and a lack of staffing at the county archives.

“I don’t have anything to do with that,” Williams said.

Some commissioners have suggested the county should lease, build or buy an adequate building to house archival documents.

Commissioner Pat Shull said the commission should ask the county mayor to develop a plan to deal with the whole issue of archives.

“You start eating the elephant one bite at a time,” Shull said.

Williams said to do it right would cost $1 million, maybe $2 million — and the county budget can’t handle that.

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