By Wayne Allen
September 20, 2013
PDT Staff Writer
On Thursday the Scioto County Commissioners passed a resolution deeming a portion of county owned land in West Portsmouth to be no longer needed for public use.
The resolution reads, “the Scioto County Board of Commissioners own property in Washington Township…identified as parcel number 27-3595.000 and the the Scioto County Board of Commissioners are of the opinion that (a) portion of parcel number 27-3595.00…is no longer needed for public use.”
Attached to the resolution was a survey of the portion of the land in question.
The survey was completed by Chairman of the Scioto County Commissioners Mike Crabtree as he is also a professional surveyor. The portion of land deemed no longer needed is 0.7862 acres of land.
Crabtree said Southern Ohio Medical Center (SOMC) has shown some interesting in purchasing the property to construct a medial facility.
“There used to be an alternative school located there, they have since moved that out,” said Doug Coleman, Scioto County Commissioner.
The commissioners recently received a legal opinion from Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Danielle Parker on the process of selling county property.
“Ohio Revised Code 307.09 (A) provides that the Board of County Commissioners may sell any real property belonging to the County and not needed for public use. However, no sale of real property shall be made unless it is authorized by a resolution adopted by a majority of the Board of County Commissioners. Once authorized, the board may either deed the property to the highest responsible bidder, after advertisement once a week for four consecutive weeks in a newspaper of general circulation in the county, or offer the real property for sale at a public auction, after giving at least 30 days notice of the auction,” Parker wrote.
She also stated the commissioners have the right to reject any and all bids for the property.
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