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Washington County Commissioners to buy house for Longmeadow Road project

April 30, 2008|By JOSHUA BOWMAN

The Washington County Commissioners on Tuesday voted 3-2 to buy a house and property on Longmeadow Road to make room for a planned widening at the intersection of Longmeadow Road and Marsh Pike.

The house, at 19327 Longmeadow Road, is one of several that will interfere with the widening, Real Property Administrator Joe Kuhna said.

The house was appraised at $285,000 and will be bought for that price.

The county commissioners unanimously approved a similar purchase April 8, buying a house and property at 19331 Longmeadow Road for its appraised value of $290,000.

Commissioners Vice President Terry L. Baker and Commissioner William J. Wivell voted for the first purchase but against Tuesday's purchase.

Wivell said the county should not buy the entire house because it only needs a corner of the property to expand the road.

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In addition, he said the county "is not always the best steward of houses once we buy them."

He said the first purchase was warranted because the house likely will have to be demolished to make room for the road.

Baker first voted Tuesday to buy the house but later in the commissioners' meeting reversed his vote, saying the county is paying too much for the property.

The assessed value of the property is $228,230, according to state property records.

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