The Madison County Commissioners recently got some help selling property.
An opinion released by the Ohio Attorney General, Mike Dewine, will facilitate the county commission’s process for selling real estate.
The commissioners own the property on the 300 block Lafayette Street at Keny Boulevard commonly referred to as the Rink’s property. Once the location of a once-popular retail store, the property has several out-lying lots which front on Lafayette Street and also on Keny Boulevard. Those lots are for sale.
The opinion, released by the Attorney General’s office Feb. 4, allows the county commissioners to transfer the lots, which are owned by the county, to the county’s CIC corporation, the county’s designated economic development corporation.
With that transfer, it will allow the real estate in question to be listed with a realtor and marketed as any business or residential property may be listed. It eliminates the need to sell the land by public auction.
“It’s an easier way to sell property,” said county prosecutor Steve Pronai. “This way, it will sell like normal property. It can be listed and people can come forward.”
In other business, the first hearing was held on the abandonment of two alleys in Big Plain. Jaime Viars-Watson and Mitchell Watson own the land which is divided by one of the alleys and lies adjacent to the other. Years ago, these alleys were drawn in to the plat of the village, but were never paved.
The alleys are in grass and essentially are part of the Watsons’ property. They care for it as if it is their own. No other property owners are affected. They are petitioning to remove the alley easements from the books and have the alleys officially added to their deed and tax duplicate.
Mitchell Watson said one of the plots lies south of the alley which runs east and west. He said they would like to have that property available to them, should they want to consider upgrades to their septic system.
“With the easement there, we can’t cross it,” Watson said. “But if we own it, we have the flexibility to put in a back-up system.”
A second hearing, by law, will be held Monday, March 10 in the county commissioners’ office.
Dean Shipley can be reached at (740) 852-1616, ext. 17 or via Twitter @DeanAShipley.