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Commissioners' Journal Feb. 18 PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, February 27, 2014 12:29 PM

Paulding County Commissioners Tuesday, February 18, 2014


Tom VanVlerah, Antwerp Mayor; Sara Keeran, Antwerp Village Administrator; Randy Derck, Jerry Zielke, PCED Director, Fred Pieper and Tony Zartman, Paulding County Commissioners; Joseph Burkard, Paulding County Prosecutor; Shawn Schuette, Matt Moore, Travis Lichty, Lori Hines, Tera Shull, April Litzenberg representing the Antwerp Ball Association all met at a special meeting on Tuesday evening, February 18, 2014 at the Antwerp Town Hall Council room at 7 p.m. The discussion began with Commissioner Zartman bringing everyone up to speed about what’s going on with the Antwerp Ball fields.

There will be a Sheriff’s sale on Thursday, March 6 at 10 a.m. at the Paulding County Courthouse. The original idea was to buy back the property and donate it back to Antwerp’s ball association. The Commissioners are looking to the ball association to see what they would like to do with it. We are here to put a game plan together.

Mayor VanVlerah asked what the ball association would be looking at for expenses. County Prosecutor Joseph Burkard’s reply was close to $12,000, that includes back taxes. The appraisal value is $48,000. If someone wants to buy the property in excess of $60,000 or the Commissioners can buy back the property up to $60,000. The association would have continued real estate taxes. Travis Lichty and Shawn Schuette agreed that they felt that the association would be able to come up with funding for the $12,000 and the continued real estate taxes.

The group discussed what would be most beneficial for grant dollars if the county donated the property to the village or to the ball association. Jerry Zielke, PCED Director commented that there is an ODNR grant for $20,000 coming up for 2015. The Village Administrator, Sara Keeran, and Mayor VanVlerah would look into possible future grants.