Property Owner Assures Council Changes are Coming

The former Scott-McPherson Funeral Home has been a matter of contention for some time. Instead of demolition however, owner Jonathan McPherson has decided to renovate. This picture was taken January 18, 2019.

BY GENA HUFF, Editor

The former Scott-McPherson Funeral Home on Third Avenue in Aliceville has been under the watchful eye of the Aliceville City Council and the city’s attorney, John Russell III. The roof has large holes in it, the gutters are hanging by a wire, the inside, according to those who have been inside, is filled with mold and mildew, the floors beyond repair. However, at the council’s January 9 meeting, Jonathan McPherson, owner of the property, spoke to the council about repairing the property so it can be put on the market when it is structurally sound again.

“Let me first of all express my thanks for this very efficient city attorney that you have,” McPherson said to the council. “I want to thank him for his patience and persistence. I want to thank the mayor, each member of this city council, for bearing with us as we make plans to repair the building. And, we do plan to repair the building.”

McPherson introduced the council to the contractor he had hired for the job, Rev. James Carter, of Contracts Construction Consulting International, LLC out of Eutaw, Ala. “We have just given him a cashier’s check for $5,000 so he can begin to stabilize that roof,” McPherson said. “We are going to concentrate on finishing those outside things that need to be fixed and then go on the inside. After we get the building repaired, we plan to put it on the market. We do not plan to operate personally, myself, a business. But we are going to put it on the market.”

“I’ve got a couple of questions if you don’t mind,” remarked Russell. “Five-thousand dollars, what do you anticipate that accomplishing? What can you get done? Is that going to fix the roof?”

Carter responded at the request of McPherson. “Dr. McPherson is working on additional funds, but at this time, we are going to take that money and go as far as we can go with it.” Carter continued to say the first order of business is taking the caved-in back portion out. The side of the building facing the post office will be stabilized.


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