MIDDLEPORT — A first step in preparation for the sale of the former Middleport High School, Meigs Junior High School, Central Building, and the football field and stadium was taken at a meeting of Middleport Village Council on Monday night.
An ordinance to move forward on advertising the property for sale was given a first reading and passed by unanimous vote of council. The tentative plan calls for a second and third reading to be given at the June 23 regular meeting of council and then, if passed, to begin the required five weeks of advertising the property for sale which would give a probable sale date of July 28 and sold to the highest bidder.
The ordinance states that the sale of the property to include the buildings, the football field and stadium is in the best interests of the citizens of the village of Middleport. It states that the buildings, football field and stadium shall be sold at a public sale to the highest bidder whose bid is approved by the Middleport Village Council. Anyone interested in in the seeing the legal description of the real property for sale can be found in the books at the Meigs County Recorder’s Office in the Meigs County Courthouse. Also a copy of the deed can be obtained at Middleport Village Hall by request, along with a copy of the legal description.
The ordinance specifically defines an area exempt from the parcels being put up for sale by the village. Information on that parcel can be obtained at village hall. It consists of 0.877 acre which has been previous discussed as the possible site for a commercial business.
The notice of the public sale will be advertised by publication of a copy of the ordinance in The Daily Sentinel once a week for five consecutive weeks, prior to the public sale as required by law.
Bids for the property will be reviewed by Middleport Village Council at the first regular meeting following the public sale date, and a purchase contract will be awarded to the highest bidder approved by council. Twenty-five percent of the total purchase price is to be paid as a non-refundable deposit at the time of the execution of the purchase agreement.
The property will be sold in “as is” condition with no warranties regarding title to the real estate, condition of the real property, or contemplated use of the property, either expressed or implied. The Village of Middleport retains the right to reject any and all bids.
At the Council meeting there were some concerns raised in regard to the football field and stadium currently used and maintained by the Big Bend Youth Football League now holding on the facility which is in effect through 2016. Sarah Pullins spoke on behalf of the Football League.
The disposal of the property for some benefit economically to the village has been on Council’s agenda for some time. Since legally the property cannot be given away, according to the village’s legal council, a decision was made to move forward on a possible sale.
Over the past several years the Meigs County Council on Aging has expressed an interest in the high school building as a potential new home for the agency which has outgrown its current location. it is anticipated that a bid will come from that agency.
Shaver and the Board of Trustees have been working with state and other agencies to secure funding for necessary remodeling to adapt the building for senior citizen use and other purposes relating to use by the general public.
If the building is secured by the Council on Aging at the public sale, then renovation will be carried out and the agency will move from its current location on Mulberry Heights in Pomeroy to Middleport.
At a recent meeting with Council, Shaver said “We’ve outgrown where we are now. There’s no space to expand, and we need to make a move. We have been planning for this future for over ten years, and the future begins now.”
Of course, everything depends on Council’s vote to move forward with the sale at its Monday night meeting and whether or not the Council on Aging secures the building at the public sale.
The mayor once described the proposed move as not only good for providing expansion opportunities for the Council on Aging but a development opportunity for the Village of Middleport.