Williams County Board Approves Land Swap Deal

By: James Pruitt

A proposal to trade land for an easement at a Center Township development is proceeding after action by the Board of County Commissioners.

Engineer Todd Roth updated the board on the status of talks between his office and a property owner at Durham Estates. The deal just needed a resolution approved by the board to advance.

Board President Brian Davis instructed Clerk Anne Retcher to type up the resolution so the deal could proceed.

The deal means the county will give land owner R. L. Ryder 1.055 acres of land after the county removes the sewer plant at the development and leaves only a lift station.

Durham Estates will be connected to the sewer line on CR D.

For all that, the county will get two permanent easements for a sanitary sewer, Roth said. The county will install and maintain the sewer within the easement, the document said.

In other news, the date for bids to be let for the Opdycke Barn roof project has been pushed back two weeks after the state wanted the Section 1 guidance document completed first. Getting this paperwork taken care will the push the date back two weeks, engineering staffer Dan Clum said.

The board approved a resolution designating the Williams County Land Reutilization Corp. as the agency for reclaiming, rehabbing or reutilizing abandoned vacant homes.

This is part of the Land Bank which provides funding to communities to raze blighted homes.

The board approved a change order for the courthouse project. The added work includes tuck-pointing on the west side of the courthouse and one soil stack. The total cost was $7,790, pushing the project cost to $1,509,365.

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