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Willard prepares to sell land

Courtney Astolfi • Nov 24, 2013 at 11:40 AM

The city of Willard is preparing to sell off about 60 acres of property abutting the community’s reservoir.

Last week, city council members were introduced to the proposal of selling the parcel of land to the highest bidder. The property, which sits at Ohio 61 and Townline Road 12 W., is comprised of a 50-acre tract and a 10-acre tract, and lies about two miles outside the city limits.

Willard city manager Brian Humphress said the property has been leased as farmland for years, and the community has no real need for the large patch of land.

“We don’t have a municipal use for it,” Humphress said. “The city shouldn’t be in the landlord business.”

If and when council members approve the measure, the process of evaluating the land’s worth will begin.

“Farmland is at a premium price right now,” Humphress said. “We’ll be seeing what other land is going for in the area.”

According to Humphress, the sale of the property could offset other looming expenses for the community.

“We have large projects coming in the next few years,” Humphress said. “And revenue will go into the water fund.”

The city purchased the land when it first constructed the reservoir, Humphress said.

“There was reason to hang on to it for a little while, but those reasons are long gone,” Humphress said.

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