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Commissioners get 3 bids for Rogers group home

COLUMBIANA COUNTY

LISBON — County commissioners might finally be in a position to sell the former Rogers group home.

Commissioners on Wednesday received three bids for the facility and accompanying 22 acres, with the offers referred to the county prosecutor’s office for review. Commissioners are expected to make a decision at their July 22 meeting.

Located north of Rogers on state Route 7, the group home was closed in October 2018 by the Multi-County Juvenile Attention System. The MCJAS provides state-mandated juvenile detention residential treatment services to troubled youths from the five-member counties, which includes Columbiana County.

The MCJAS closed the 16-bed group home because less than two boys per day were living there due to the rise in detention-alternative sentencing programs.

Commissioner own the group home and property, which was appraised at $275,000. They tried selling it on their own in early March 2019 by seeking sealed bids, but the only one received was for $135,000 from Baer Auctioneers & Realty.

Earlier this year commissioners listed the property with a local realtor, which then solicited bids. Following are the bids received:

–$221,000, from Terri J. McClain.

–$205,000 from Property Angels Ideal Dwellings Corp., with a clause allowing it to increase its bid by $1,000 more than the highest bid, up to $245,000.

–$155,000 from Ken Baer of Baer Auctioneers & Realty.

In other business, commissioners finalized an agreement with W.E. Quicksall & Associates, the engineering firm recommended by the county engineer’s office to perform preliminary design work on the Hanoverton sanitary sewer project.

The project calls for a series of sewer lines to be installed in the village, with pump a station sending the sewage to the county’s mini-treatment plant located two miles away in Kensington. Quicksall will be paid $49,500 to perform the preliminary design work.

To fund this portion of the project, commissioners agreed to borrow up to $135,000 from the Ohio Water Development Authority.

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