Mad River Twp., Clark County agree on land deal

Clark County commissioners on Wednesday approved a deal to sell 2.26 acres of county-owned land to Mad River Twp. for $25,000.

Commissioner John Detrick also proposed Wednesday placing property on Enon-Xenia and Hunter roads in Mad River Twp. up for sale in April.

The property is mostly used by engineer’s office for storage of construction material. The departments will continue to have access to the property as part of the deal, county and township officials said.

Mad River Twp. Trustee Joe Catanzaro said the township plans to use their new property as a “dirt dumping” site instead of having trucks with construction waste travel through Enon Cemetery, which is near the Enon-Xenia property.

“We just think it’s the right move to do. We’re getting ready to do some advances to the cemetery, and we’re hoping that once the upper level of the cemetery is fixed in a couple years, moving forward they don’t need to dump trucks going all the way up through the cemetery,” Catanzaro said.

Trustees recently discovered additional space in the cemetery that eliminates the need for officials to purchase another cemetery.

Catanzaro said the township received a good deal on the Enon-Xenia Road site.

The county had operated a sewage treatment plant on the site that was decommissioned about 15 to 20 years ago due to EPA concerns, officials said.

The foundation and remnants of the sewage treatment plant are still underground, County Administrator Nathan Kennedy had said.

The property is also on a flood plain and next to a creek, Engineer John Burr has said.

Proceeds of the sale will go to the utilities department, which used utility user fees to purchase the site years ago, Kennedy has said.

Clark County Utilities and Solid Waste District Director Chuck Bauer said the utilities department hasn’t used the site for about five or six years because the department hasn’t been running projects out of the area.

“The money is not earmarked for anything in particular. It would go back into the general sewer fund and be used as part of operations of the department,” Bauer said.

“The inter-operations of the department will benefit from the revenue. Definitely, it’s well received,” Bauer said.