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February 24, 2014

Sellersburg council approves transfer of property

Tables demolition of house on former Riverside Water land

SELLERSBURG — The acquisition of Riverside Water Company has left the Sellersburg Town Council with some decisions to make on several small properties it picked up in the deal.

The council unanimously approved a resolution to transfer of a tract of less than an acre in the Riverside Water District to the Oak Park Conservancy. The deal must still be approved by the conservancy before it is finalized.

The tract, which is 0.85 acres in size, has three retention ponds in a residential neighborhood. Public Works Director Ken Alexander said the property was a potential liability.

“It’s in the middle of a neighborhood, and there’s no access to it,” Alexander said. He said the town would struggle to maintain a property so far outside of its own boundaries.

As part of the deal, the town also acquired a residential property near Utica, located at 4002 Utica Pike. Alexander requested the council approve the demolition of a dilapidated house on the property to prepare the land for sale, but the council instead tabled the request.

Council Vice President Brian Meyer said that he had been in touch with a party interested in purchasing the land, and wondered aloud whether it would be necessary for the town to demolish the house to make the land suitable for sale.

When the council tabled the matter, it authorized obtaining two appraisals of the property. The land could be disposed of in a variety of ways, including auction or via soliciting bids.

“It’s a 1900s home and it’s very, very run down, dilapidated,” said Town Attorney Jake Elder. “It’s a decision the board will have to make on what to do with it.”

CONTRACT APPROVED

The council unanimously approved a contract with TSI Paving for $19,407 to move a portion of the town’s forced sewer main.

Alexander explained that the Indiana Department of Transportation is changing a storm drain along Ind. 60 near the Elk Run subdivision that necessitated the work.

“Because of the length they’re making it, our force main’s in the way,” Alexander said.

 

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