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County plans to sell land at Oakland Mills

Jul 26, 2017

By Brooks Taylor, Mt. Pleasant News

 

Henry County is selling some land it owns in Oakland Mills.

Meeting in regular session Tuesday, county supervisors set a public hearing for Thursday, Aug. 10, on the sale of land adjacent to Butch’s River Rock Cafe in Oakland Mills.

Bruce Bittle, owner of the cafe, asked the supervisors recently if they would be willing to sell the land. An offer of $2,100 by Bittle accompanied his inquiry.

Approximately half of the land wanted by Bittle is under the control of the Henry County Conservation Board. The conservation board, however, passed a resolution relinquishing control of the land.

Seemingly, the only question surrounding the sale is the location of several monuments on the land. “It might be best to remove them (monuments) before we sell the land,” Supervisor Greg Moeller pointed out.

Henry County Engineer Jake Hotchkiss updated supervisors on construction work in the county and road maintenance.

He said Winfield Avenue between Iris Street and Grand Avenue remains closed to thru traffic. The contractor is working on trimming the subgrade and setting up a string line. Plans are to pave one section — from Sandeen’s Pioneer Seeds to Detrick’s Truck and Trailer Service — of the reconstructed road on Thursday.

“The project is going as well as can be expected,” Hotchkiss said. “I think it is moving along well.”

Access to the Pilot Travel Center, Detrick’s Truck and Trailer Service, Liquid-grow and the mini-storage units is off Grand Avenue. Access to Sandeen’s Pioneer Seeds and East End Automotive is from Iris Street. New access routes will be released next week, the engineer said.

Work on the Oakland Mills bridge remains on schedule, Hotchkiss said. “They found some things on the back wall (expansion device between the road and bridge) that we weren’t aware of and had to be repaired.”

Dormark Construction Co., the general contractor for the bridge project, has completed the sandblasting and painting of beams around the abutments and now is forming up the new back walls.

“The workers aren’t going to be as productive when it is as hot and humid as it was last week,” Hotchkiss remarked.

Hot, humid weather recently also caused several pavement “blow ups” around the county, according to the engineer.

Last week’s work by the secondary-roads department included concrete patching; mowing shoulders; spraying weeds; repairing entrances on Franklin and Iowa avenues; and hauling resurfacing rock to Baltimore Township.

Supervisors meet again Thursday at 9 a.m. in the Henry County Courthouse.

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