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Neighbors Growing Together | Sep 1, 2014

County accepts highest bid for farm ground

By Linda Wenger | Oct 29, 2013
Washington County  Supervisor Jack Seward Jr. holds two county maps while County Engineer Jacob Thorius points to the area of Nutmeg Avenue that was vacated during this morning’s board of supervisors’ meeting.

A bidding war for 100 acres of county-owned farm ground drove the per-acre bid to just $10 less per acre than the county currently receives. The bidding took place during the Washington County Board of Supervisors weekly meeting this morning.
Washington County owns about 100 acres near the Orchard Hill complex on Lexington Boulevard. Jeff and Jason Bell are the current renters. According to Washington County Auditor Dan Widmer, they are paying $275 per acre.
Four bidders submitted written bids to the board of supervisors.
Widmer opened the bids during the meeting. The Bells’ bid was $150 an acre. Tyler and Ryan Gerot’s bid was $200; Brad Sheetz bid $202; and Nicholas Duvall offered $175 an acre.
Board chairman Steve Davis said the bidders could submit higher bids during the meeting. Jeff Bell made a $205 an acre opening bid. Duvall went to $210 and Sheetz bid $220. Duvall and Sheetz fell out of the bidding. Tyler Gerot and Jeff Bell raised their bids in $5 increments. Tyler Gerot bowed out after bidding $260.
The supervisors awarded the bid to the Bells. The lease begins on March 1, 2014.
The board then took care of vacating a portion of Nutmeg Avenue for the Bunker Mill Bridge project. The board approved three quitclaim deeds to Rodney J. Stumpf, Jean Ehrenfelt Revocable Living Trust and Merle and Sandra Miller.
Washington County Engineer Jacob Thorius read the legal description aloud to the supervisors. He said he had not received any objections to vacating that portion of Nutmeg Avenue.
Supervisor Jack Seward Jr. said he has heard positive comments from county residents about the board’s decision to sell the bridge.
Stumpf attended the meeting. He would like the county to vacate a larger portion of the road. He said that he cleans up the area twice a year. Not only has he cleaned up trash, he has also found dead dogs that were disposed of in the area.
Thorius said that would have to go through the appropriate process separate from the action taken this morning.
Next week’s board meeting will be held at 9:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 4, due to the municipal election on Tuesday, Nov. 5. Supervisor Stan Stoops said he wouldn’t be at the meeting. Supervisor Bob Yoder said he could attend the meeting via a telephone call.

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