by Leslee Kulba
Wild West blogger
The Transylvania County Commissioners rejected an offer to partner in a feasibility study for a new courthouse and athletic building. The county was but one recipient of Brevard College’s invitation to partner. It was only asked to give $25,000. Commissioner Larry Chapman said the county had done enough studying, teachers hurting for supplies could put the money to better use, and the study would inappropriately tell the college what to do with others’ property. Kelvin Phillips echoed the sentiments, and Jason Chappell did the political thing and couched his “no” vote in procedural concerns. Page Lemel said she agreed public money should not be spent on a private undertaking, but justified the expenditure as an economic engine. Mike Hawkins thought it would be a transformational project.