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Clark County

May 16, 2013

Jeffersonville sewer board buys hospital land

Contract approved to keep up with ahead-of-schedule treatment plant


The Jeffersonville Sewer Board on Thursday agreed to purchase a piece of property that it had previously sold to Clark Memorial Hospital.

Discussions about repurchasing the property have been ongoing because the sewer board agreed to install an odor-control system next to the 10th Street pump station at Spring Street. The system, once installed, will have an appearance similar to mulch and is expected to cost $890,000.

A bioscrubber option was chosen for the site in order to keep the entrance of the city free from encumbrances. At a recent sewer board meeting, the group also agreed to place a 12-foot-high synthetic, heavy-duty plastic fence that mimics the look of stone surrounding the pump station to replace the chain-link fence.

In order to install both, the sewer board needed to purchase the land it sold to Clark Memorial Hospital for $319,000, according to a previous report. An appraisal conducted on behalf of the sewer board set the property value at $319,375 for slightly less than one acre.

The board announce during its Thursday meeting an agreement has been reached between the sewer board and the hospital board to repurchase the property for the recent appraisal amount, said Sewer Board Member Dale Orem. He added the hospital’s board approved the deal last week.

However, Sewer Board Attorney Scott Lewis said that neither he, nor the hospital’s attorney, had the specifics of the deal to write up a purchase agreement.

Despite not having a written agreement in place, the sewer board approved the purchase of the property, contingent upon a written agreement for the appraised price and subject to the Clark County Commissioners’ approval. Lewis added that because the hospital is owned by Clark County, the commissioners would also have grant approval.

The vote was 2-0 in favor, with Mayor Mike Moore, who is also a sewer board member, absent from the meeting.

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