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Board names land surplus

DANVILLE — Vermilion County Board members added several acres to the sale of longtime county farmland during their board meeting Tuesday night.

DANVILLE — Vermilion County Board members added several acres to the sale of longtime county farmland during their board meeting Tuesday night.

Board members voted 15-8 to OK declaring almost 4 acres of land surplus. The land was then to be added to more than 100 acres of tillable farmland along Catlin-Tilton Road that has been sold.

The addition, declared surplus last month by members of the board’s property committee, adds the acreage to half of the farm ground located north of Catlin-Tilton Road. The other half of the farm ground was on the south side of the road.

The extra 4 acres is adjacent to the tillable land. The sale itself of the two tracts of land did not need board approval.

Discussion was made regarding whether gravesites were located on the 4 acres after one audience member contended two people were buried there — one in 1927 and another in 1931. District 6 Board Member Dennis Miller motioned to table the action until the claim could be checked out, but his motion failed on a vote.

District 7’s A.J. Wright then argued the county was literally giving the property away, motioning for a rewording of the resolution to take bids on the property and award the property to the highest bidder. That motion also failed on a vote.

Vermilion County Board Chairman Gary Weinard contested the idea that the land was given away, noting that the property committee and county board voted to declare the property surplus.

The 4 acres added to the northern property included an old building as well as public-dumped trash scattered throughout the property. The purchaser has told the county he would clean up the land. Weinard has estimated in the past that it would have cost the county as much as $6,000 to clean up the 4-acre section.

As far the claims of graves on the property, Weinard said the land would now be surveyed to create an appropriate land description. Any graves found on the property would be dealt with by the county and the owners, Smoot Brothers.

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