A volunteer helping First Baptist Chruch during the 33rd annual Catfish Feastival turns some of the fried fish onto a sheet to drain some of the grease. The Feastival board has yet to accept ownership of the Catfish Building.
(Index-Journal | File)
WARE SHOALS — A game of musical chairs for ownership of the Ware Shoals Catfish Feastival building keeps playing.
The Catfish Feastival Board — a nonprofit organization charged with putting on the premier event in Ware Shoals — voted to defer action on accepting ownership of the Catfish Building near Katherine Hall pending legal advice.
"We just don't want to get in over our heads," said Bonnie Maxwell, former Ware Shoals mayor and Catfish Feastival Board member. "We need all the financial information as to the cost of maintaining the building and what our expenses would be."
The vote to seek a legal opinion — while gathering more financial, insurance and liability information — passed 9-0-1. Board member George Leagans abstained, citing a conflict of interest as a Town Council member.
While most of the cost of maintaining the building housing supplies, equipment and other items is paid for by the board, the town of Ware Shoals pays for the insurance and is liable for it.
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