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June 7, 2014

County board to vote on farmland sale

DANVILLE — Vermilion County Board members will vote Tuesday whether to approve the sale of several acres of county farmland.

After an unsuccessful attempt to auction off more than 100 acres of county-owned tillable farmland along Catlin-Tilton Road in February, officials were approached in May with a buyer.

Before the board members Tuesday will be a resolution asking them to include in the sale of around 4 acres of untillable land located immediately north of the Department of Animal Regulation.

Vermilion County Board Chairman Gary Weinard said the purchaser asked for the property, indicating his intent to utilize a ditch and tile outlet on the four acres to serve as a drain for the adjacent plowed land.

According to Weinard, an old building as well as public-dumped trash already sits on the 4-acre tract. The purchaser has indicated he would clean up the property.

“It’s a hazard,” Weinard said. “To me the tradeoff is worth going ahead and including the property in the sale.”

He has said previously the land could cost the county as much as $6,000 to clean up.

Members of the Vermilion County Board property committee approved a resolution at its meeting Monday night to declare the small piece of land as surplus. The sale of the two tracts of land does not need board approval.

The property does not include a sanitary sewer treatment plant, which is located farther north, Weinard said.

Old National told the county it had found two buyers for the land. Weinard said the property will be split almost in half, with one buyer purchasing the land on the north side of Catlin-Tilton Road while the other purchasing the tract of land on the south side of the road.

The total size of the property purchased by the two buyers was just more than 113 acres. The price obtained by Old National was the minimum price set by the county going into the February auction. That gives the county $1.2 million from the sale.

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